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Call to equip Parliament clinic as fired ministers suffer trauma, high blood pressure

23/12/2017 00:00:00
by Staff reporter
Says relative affected ... Speaker, Jacob Mudenda

Ministers who lost their jobs in the latest cabinet reshuffle are so stressed up that some of them are suffering from a range of ailments such as trauma and high blood pressure.

This was revealed this week in parliament with speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda saying there was a need to equip parliament’s clinic to handle the crisis.

Mudenda was supporting Musikavanhu MP Prosper Mutseyami (MDC-T) who had said there was need to capacitate Parliament’s clinic to offer counselling services, particularly to former ministers.

The speaker said one of his relatives who was dropped from cabinet was so stressed that he was finding it difficult to cope after losing the luxury and comfort that comes with being a minister.

“I think that is a valid point to some extent. I have a cousin who lost his ministerial position and he became so stressed up that in the end, he could not recover from the stress.

“So, we will make some arrangements but there are some very serious stresses that might come when you do not win at your constituencies. Now for that one, unfortunately we may not provide services because you will not be part of the system,” said Mudenda to laughter from the MPs. 

Mutseyami said, “My bigger issue is to do with our clinic here. Maybe for the Ninth Parliament as we go along, if we could have this clinic well equipped with regards to managing of stress and all that — the counselling department is not there.

“Currently, we have had challenges as Parliament, as the Eighth Parliament whereby we have had people who have been moved from positions and all that and people have gone through a lot of challenges, pressure, stress and blood pressure.”

“It is very professional for this arm of Government of Parliament to have an institution to deal with these challenges or these kinds of trauma in terms of stress through a counselling department so that people will understand that once they lose positions, they are supposed to be backbenchers.

As we speak, there are some people who cannot understand why they are in new positions and they do not understand that they are backbenchers, due to lack of counselling. So, it is important to address the counselling department.”

Although no names were mentioned, some of those who were dropped from cabinet are former defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi, former agriculture minister, Joseph Made, former mines minister Walter Chidhakwa, former foreign affairs minister Walter Muzembi and former finance minister Ignatius Chombo.


On top of losing their jobs, Chombo, Chidhakwa and  Made have been arrested on allegations of corruption.

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