Zimbabwe MP waves used panties in parliament to make a point

By Drum Digital
23 July 2015

Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga produced a plastic bag and took out two samples during a ministerial questions session.

According to a report by Times Live, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), produced a plastic bag and took out two samples during a ministerial questions session on Wednesday.

"I would like to ask the minister of finance, what is the government policy on the importation of second-hand underwear which may harm women's health in the long term, but are cheap?" she said.

"If you look at the two pairs of panties that I have here: these ones are brand new and cost two dollars or more, but these ones, which are secondhand, cost one dollar for two pairs."

Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa chided Misihairabwi-Mushonga for her actions in his response but promised to look into the issue, the report continued.

"Before I answer this important question, I believe the honourable member should have not gone that far to make her point," he said.

"Anyway, I will see if I cannot make an intervention during my mid-term policy statement next week."

Misihairabwi-Mushonga was later ejected from the chamber for confronting a ruling ZANU-PF lawmaker whom she accused of making sexist remarks during her presentation, Times Live said.

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