Boos and Heckling Awaits Mnangagwa’s State of the Nation Address

By Jane Mlambo| On Tuesday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa will for the first time since the disputed 30 July harmonised elections come face to face with opposition parliamentarians when he makes his first state of the nation address (SONA).

Last week, MDC parliamentarians booed Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Chairperson, Priscilla Chigumba and Chief Justice, Luke Malaba when they came to conduct elections and swearing in of the speaker of parliament respectively.

Chigumba was shaken by the incident and was only saved by Deputy Clerk of Parliament, Hellen Dingani who whisked her out of Parliament.

Malaba was greeted with boos with opposition MPs calling him a “thief”.

Mnangagwa is likely to get the same reception when he makes his first state of the nation address especially in light of allegations by the opposition that he rigged elections with the assistance of ZEC.

According to ZEC results, Mnangagwa won the Presidential elections with 50.8% to Nelson Chamisa’s 44.3%.

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