Zimbabwe opposition walk out of key presidential speech

By Mutala Yakubu
Zimbabwe opposition walk out of key presidential speech
Zimbabwe opposition walk out of key presidential speech

Zimbabwean opposition lawmakers have walked out of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's state of the nation address in parliament.

An Al Jazeera journalist has tweeted this footage of them filing out the building:

Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) MPs and their leader Nelson Chamisa heckled President Mnangagwa when he started reading his speech before leaving the national assembly.

Reuters news agency attributes the display to the opposition's "lingering bitterness" after losing the disputed general election in July.

In today's speech, Mr Mnangagwa said the mining amendment bill passed in June will be brought back to parliament to "address some inadequacies", Reuters reports.

Previous changes saw the removal of clauses requiring foreign mining companies to list locally, and gave the mines minister the authority, after consulting with the president, to designate any mineral as strategic if "it would be in the interests of the development of the mining industry".