Mudenda to resign from rights commission

HARARE - Jacob Mudenda, the newly-elected Speaker of the National Assembly has technically resigned as chairperson for Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC).

The 67-year-old Mudenda was on Tuesday elected to be the Speaker of the 8th Zimbabwe Parliament, with Mabel Chinomona as his deputy.

Mudenda has served as chair of the ZHRC since March this year following the resignation of Reg Austin.

Mudenda, a lawyer by profession, told the Daily News that he had no choice but quit heading the first body tasked with investigating human rights violations to take up his legislative role.

“I have technically resigned from the ZHRC, however,  I still have 21 days to write my resignation letter and  hand it to the responsible minister once he is in place,” Mudenda told the Daily News.

Ellen Sithole, Mudenda’s deputy at the ZHRC, was tipped to take over as chairperson.

During the election of the presiding officers in Parliament on Tuesday, MDC legislators absconded, leaving the chamber just after they had finished taking oath of office.

Mudenda and Chinomona were elected unopposed, as the MDC did not field candidates and did not vote in the secret ballot.

Asked whether he was happy to be elected to be Speaker by Zanu PF legislators only, Mudenda said  the question can best be answered by MDC legislators.

“Who stopped the MDC members from participating in the elections?  You can ask them that question, not me,” Mudenda said.

Mudenda took oath before Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku.

Zanu PF dominates the 8th Parliament with 197 legislators in the National Assembly compared to MDC’s 70 seats, with the smaller MDC with two seats and one independent legislator Jonathan Samukange.

The Senate has 37 Zanu PF members, 21 MDC seats, 18 chiefs and people with disabilities represented by two seats.

In the Senate, Zanu PF members Edna Madzongwe and Chenhamo Chimutengwende were elected president and deputy president of the Senate unopposed as MDC senators boycotted the vote.

Comments (5)

Iwe Chengetai ko zvaucharohwa naMudenda uchivhunza zvakadaoro Asked whether he was happy to be elected to be a Speaker by ZANU OF legislators only . Ko hauhwi kuti chikomba changa chatsamwa mhinduro iri pazaasi iyo

Mukarangawekumberengwa - 5 September 2013

Mdara uyu so, ndokunonzi kuzvambarara pamberi pomubvunzo uku. Abvunzwa kuti r u happy neku electwa nevanhu vake hoyo uyo kumaMPs eMDC kuti vapindure mubvunzo waabvunzwa iye. Asi chii nhai

gorekore - 5 September 2013

Mudenda.Dont be angry with MDC MPs because they have nothing to do with your election as speaker.When you were operating your rigging machine they were not involved.Be happy with your unfair winning ways.

chimwango - 5 September 2013


nathaniel - 6 September 2013

You people are very very funny. Cde Mudenda's reply was according to what he was asked and the reason why he was asked and also by who. Surely how on earth can a fair minded person ask you whether you like your parents or not. Cant you see that the person asking will be trying to mock you. In the first place do you think Cde Mudenda voted for mdct or any of the other small gangs? He is a ZANUPF member and there is no way he was going to be unhappy about his appointment by his party. Chimwango kusvikira vawe kuziva kuti chii chinonzi rigging continue singing that old fashioned song until even your party masters are bored by the word. Isu basa takapedza kare and apo takaisa max edu hapachinji.

Takeiteasy Marcaves - 6 September 2013

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