Mudenda for Speaker of the House

Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Jacob Mudenda was yesterday recommended by the Zanu PF Politburo for the post of Speaker of the House of Assembly.

VENERANDA LANGA, SENIOR PARLIAMENTARY REPORTER

This was announced by Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo after the party’s politburo meeting which tackled different issues including hero statuses of the late Zanu PF founder Enos Nkala and National Railways of Zimbabwe general manager Mike Karikadzai.

Gumbo also said Edna Madzongwe was recommended by the party to retain the post of Senate President.

“We also discussed preparations for the Eighth Parliament and our choices for the posts of Speaker of the House of Assembly, Senate President and the chief whips,” Gumbo said.

“I must say the politburo has recommended a Speaker of the House of Assembly in the name of Jacob Mudenda and the Senate President in the name of Edna Madzongwe,” he added.

He said Joram Gumbo will retain his former position as Zanu PF Chief Whip for the House of Assembly while Tambudzani Mohadi will retain her former post as Zanu PF Chip Whip in the Senate.

Sources say that swearing-in of Members of Parliament might be next week as well as elections of the Speaker of the House of Assembly and Senate President and their deputies.

It is unlikely that Mudenda and Madzongwe’s nominations might face serious opposition as Zanu PF has a two-thirds majority.

Mudenda was appointed Zimbabwe Human Right Commission chairman in February this year after the resignation of Reggie Austin and was also Matabeleland Governor during the late 1980s.

Madzongwe was elected President of the Senate in 2005. She was re-elected in 2008 and this would be her third term as President of the Upper House of Parliament.

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