Political tolerance is healthy for a democracy — as are dynamic exchanges

23 February 2020 - 00:00 By PAUL KARIUKI

Last week’s state of the nation address had its fair share of drama. The EFF  did exactly as it  had promised  in the lead-up to the address, and disrupted the president’s speech. The disruption was not a new phenomenon;  the party leadership and its members demonstrated  once again that they can hold the entire parliament to ransom while  making their case known.

The public reaction to the incident was mixed. Some sections of the public applauded the EFF for bringing   a heated robustness to  parliament. On the other hand, there were  citizens who thought the incident  was unsavoury — that it undermined the decorum that often goes with the state of the nation address and infringed the rules of parliament. ..

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