Jacob Mudenda resigns

Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda

ZIMBABWE Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) chairperson Jacob Mudenda has resigned from the commission following his swearing-in as speaker of the House of Assembly.

Dumisani Sibanda
Assignments Editor

Mudenda who was appointed chairperson of the commission in February this year following the resignation of Reg Austin, told our sister paper NewsDay yesterday that he had tendered in his resignation two week ago.

“I resigned as the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission two weeks ago and Ellen Sithole is the acting chairperson now,” Mudenda said.

In terms of the law, Mudenda had to resign from ZHRC within 21 days of assuming his parliamentary job.

He was sworn in after being nominated unopposed by his party Zanu PF which has two-thirds majority in the bicameral Parliament.

Mudenda said there was need for the government to urgently provide $3 million to facilitate the smooth operation of the human rights watchdog.

“I think the most urgent thing that should be done is to provide funding for the setting up of the secretariat for the commission,” he said.

“We had compiled the profiles of the sort of people needed to form the secretariat.

“A total of $1,5 million is needed for the setting up of the secretariat. There is also need for another $1,5 million to renovate the building which the government bought for the commission.

“It was a good thing that thye government bought a building for the commission.”

Mudenda said during his tenure as chairperson of the commission, they had been able to meet various stakeholders including the police and civil society organisations to promote the upholding of human rights matters.

“We had struck rapport with a number of stakeholders through the meetings we were holding with them,” he said. “We were, however, yet to meet with the President’s Office.”

The former Matabeleland North governor said the commission had an important role of promoting awareness on human rights.