Former Finance Minister and Mount Darwin East Member of the National Assembly Dr Christopher Kuruneri (Zanu-PF) collapsed in Parliament yesterday, bringing business of the House to a standstill as legislators rushed to render assistance.
Dr Kuruneri, who is unwell, collapsed while the National Assembly was sitting, prompting legislators seated next to him to make distress calls to the stand-in Speaker of the National Assembly Ms Melody Dziva to stop proceedings.
The incident happened while Zengeza East MP Mr Alexio Musundire (MDC-T) was on the floor debating the President’s speech.
Goromonzi West MP Cde Beata Nyamupinga (Zanu-PF) brought a wheelchair to carry the former Cabinet Minister to Parliament health staff.
Dr Kuruneri was whisked away in his vehicle for further management.
“We are sorry for what happened. We all know that Hon Kuruneri is not feeling well.
Parliament staff is taking all necessary steps to ensure that he is helped,” said Cde Dziva, addressing legislators in the Chamber after Dr Kuruneri was taken out of the chamber.
Gokwe MP Cde Dorothy Mangami requested that in future Dr Kuruneri’s aide be allowed to sit beside him during proceedings so that he swiftly renders assistance should that be necessary.
Cde Dziva said parliamentary rules allowed aides of MPs who needed assistance to be allowed to sit through proceedings.
Meanwhile, Cde Dziva warned MPs to attend sittings as their failure to come had resulted in removal of motions on the Order Paper for lack of a quorum.
She said legislators were doing injustice to their constituencies and political parties by not attending sittings.
This was after Kuwadzana East MP Mr Nelson Chamisa said poor conditions of service for MPs had caused a lack of quorum in the House and subsequent removal of motions from the Order Paper.