MAGWEGWE MP Anele Ndebele (MDC-T) has claimed the Zanu PF government hates people from Matabeleland, adding the State had a hand in influencing the South African government to deny residence permits to thousands of Zimbabwean immigrant workers across the Limpopo River.
Ndebele made the remarks while contributing to debate on the Presidential speech in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
“I would like to illustrate the love lost between government and the people of Matabeleland. This government does not love the people of Matabeleland,” he said.
“A whole minister of government was sent to South Africa to go and negotiate the illegal stay of our people in South Africa, and South Africa was made to flout their own laws of immigration.”
The Magwegwe legislator said, previously, South Africa would issue out residence permits to migrant workers who had worked there for five years, but after government sent former Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi to negotiate, the permits were scrapped.
“Government sent a whole minister to negotiate and thereafter our people became squatters in South Africa. A number of people were not given permits,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ndebele said the University of Zimbabwe should introduce a financial literacy course for Cabinet ministers to acquaint them with economic issues.
“Our ministers do not understand the bolts and nuts of our economy. The Auditor General’s reports are littered with people stealing from government under the nose of these ministers. They leave things to technocrats, who are permanent secretaries, who sit on boards that are milking our economy,” he said before he was heckled by Zanu PF legislators.
Speaker of the House, Jacob Mudenda intervened and ordered the MPs to allow Ndebele finish his submissions.
“What Ndebele is saying is factual and you must read the AG’s report and we, as Parliament, must analyse the AG’s reports, which do not reflect good accountability systems in our ministries. Measures should be taken on those reports. We cannot sweep these matters under the carpet,” Mudenda said.