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Parliamentary Roundup Bulletin No. 11 - 2011
Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust
March 22, 2011
sitting of the House of Assembly, which was expected to elect a
new Speaker following the nullification of the election of Lovemore
Moyo by the Supreme
Court last week, did not take place today as the Clerk of Parliament
deferred the sitting through a press conference to later date to
of the Sitting
Announcing his decision
to defer the sitting of the House at a press conference today, the
Clerk of Parliament, Mr. Austin Zvoma, said the effect of the Supreme
Court judgment meant that the process for which the Presidential
Proclamation which had called the House to sit on 25 August 2008
was left incomplete. The House only managed to swear-in Members
of Parliament and did not elect the Speaker. Thus the Supreme Court
judgment has rolled back the process to 25 August 2008.
means that when the House next meets, it will have to finish up
swearing in of Members. In terms of the GPA
read together with Constitution
of Zimbabwe Amendment No. 19, ZANU PF was supposed to appoint
a Member replacing Hon. Joice Mujuru upon her assumption of the
Vice President position just as MDC-T appointed Hon. Gorden Moyo
to replace Hon. Thokozani Khupe when she was appointed Deputy Prime
Since the election of
a new Speaker has become a "game of numbers" ZANU PF wants
to boost its strength in the House by appointing Vice President's
Mujuru's replacement before the election of the Speaker. In terms
of parliamentary Standing Rules and Orders, the aforesaid appointment
of a ZANU PF Member could only be done after the election of the
Speaker. Hence the manipulation of Supreme Court judgment to roll
back the election of the Speaker to 25 August 2008, will come in
handy for ZANU PF.
It remains to be seen
how the whole issue will pan out in the following days.
On a related matter,
the courts are still yet to give a judgment on the declaratory order
sought by Lovemore Moyo to declare him the MP for Matobo North Constituency
which he held before he was elected Speaker on 25 August 2008.
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