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MPs, govt officials trapped in Parliament elevator

by Staff reporter
16 Jan 2014 at 07:21hrs | Views
THREE MPs, three government officials, a reporter and a staffer at Parliament on Tuesday had a nightmarish experience after they remained stuck in an elevator at Parliament Building for almost an hour before they were rescued.

The eight were enroute to post-budget meetings held in different committee rooms located in the Fifth Floor of the august House.

The faulty elevator ceased to work on approaching the third floor, sending the occupants into a panic mode.

One of the MPs affected in yesterday's incident Metrine Mudau (Zanu-PF MP for Beitbridge West) said she had a similar experience with the same elevator last year.

"I was once stuck some time last year in this elevator and I had to shout and bang the door calling for help," Mudau said.

The government officials, who were billed to give oral evidence before the Finance and Economic Development Parliamentary Portfolio Committee, said it was unbefitting for Parliament to operate a defective elevator.

The victims had to use cellphones to ask other Members of Parliament staff to bring in technicians to open the elevator doors.

Source - newsday