Zimbabwean lawmakers walk out of presidential speech

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zimbabwean opposition lawmakers have walked out of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s state of the nation address in parliament.

Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Members of Parliament and their leader, Nelson Chamisa heckled President Mnangagwa when he started reading his speech before leaving the national assembly.

A report attributes the display to the opposition’s “lingering bitterness” after losing the disputed general election in July.

In the speech, Mr Mnangagwa said the mining amendment bill passed in June will be brought back to parliament to “address some inadequacies.”

Previous changes saw the removal of clauses requiring foreign mining companies to list locally and gave the mines minister the authority, after consulting with the president, to designate any mineral as strategic if “it would be in the interests of the development of the mining industry”.

Sammie Idika