Joram Gumbo tipped for Speaker of Parliament post

HARARE - Zanu PF chief whip Joram Gumbo is tipped to be elected Speaker of the National Assembly when the legislature resumes business soon.

Gumbo, MP elect for Mberengwa West, has been Zanu chief whip since 2000, after having being elected member of Parliament in 1995.

At least 350 MPs in the National Assembly and Senate will constitute the 8th Zimbabwe Parliament, which will be a bicameral legislature.

The Speaker and his deputy will be elected through secret ballot.

In the Senate, legislators will also elect the president of the Senate and deputy president again through secret ballot.

In the lower house, the elections will be presided over by the clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma.

Gumbo told the Daily News he was ready to lead the National Assembly if he is elected.

“As Zanu PF, we are yet to nominate our four candidates for the post of Speaker of Parliament, his deputy and Senate president and his deputy,” Gumbo said.

“However, if I am nominated by our members, I am ready to lead the party.”

During the 7th Parliament, Zanu PF had nominated Simon Khaya-Moyo, the party chairman, to be Speaker but lost to Lovemore Moyo, chairman of the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC which suffered a heavy-but-contested defeat during the July 31 poll.

Moyo was deputised by Nomalanga Khumalo from Welshman Ncube’s MDC.

Khaya-Moyo is unlikely to be nominated again for the post as he is primed to take the vice presidency post left vacant by the death of John Landa Nkomo.

Ednah Madzongwe and Naison Ndlovu from Zanu PF are likely to retain their positions as president and deputy president respectively in the Senate, according to informed party officials.

However, it is in the lower house where stakes are high with Zanu PF factionalism set to manifest itself as rivals eye the top post.

Comments (1)

Let Joram take it, if you hear a Zanu man say he is ready to serve,,,, then there is some truth in these reports. I only wish this parliament will put Zimbabweans first,,,,,,,so that we can enjoy economic freedom, prosperity, & political freedom. I want to read stories of peace again, no more MDC this, Zapu that, Zanu this. Lets settle down and build this country

Methuseli - 16 August 2013

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