Zimbabwe

Zim MP brings used underwear to parliament

2015-07-23 19:05

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Cape Town – There was drama in Zimbabwe’s parliament after a member from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) paraded used underwear in the House, in protest against the importation and resale of such garments, media reports said on Thursday.

MP Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga argued that second-hand ladies' undergarments had flooded the flea markets and were sold to local women, despite the fact that this had health implications.

According to News Day, Misihairabwi-Mushonga asked Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa if government had a policy to protect women from the cheap second-hand underwear.

Many people in Zimbabwe are turning to cheaper second-hand clothing, as the country’s economic woes continue to escalate.

Government policy

Second-hand underwear was imported cheaply or donated from other developed countries around the world, a New Zimbabwe.com report said.  

Misihairabwi-Mushonga asked: "I would like to ask the minister of finance what is the government policy on the importation of second-hand underwear which have health recantations, but are cheap?

"If you look at the two panties that I have here, this one is a brand new and costs $2 and above, but this one which is a second-hand, costs $1 for two."

Responding to her question, Chinamasa said he would make an announcement on the matter during his mid-term monetary policy, expected to be held soon.

Chinamasa, however, said Misihairabwi-Mushonga could have presented her argument without "such exhibit" being brought to the House of Assembly.

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