Kereke no longer an MP: Speaker

HARARE - Jacob Mudenda, Speaker of National Assembly yesterday officially notified legislators in the National Assembly that Munyaradzi Kereke has been expelled from Parliament.

This means his legislative seat has become vacant and there will be a by-election soon.

Kekere, the former advisor to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono won the Bikita West parliamentary seat on a Zanu PF ticket  in the July 31 elections.

He had defied an order to stand down for Elias Musakwa, who was the party’s preferred candidate.

Mudenda informed legislators that a by-election was now pending in Bikita West Constituency, after he had been briefed by Zanu PF that Kereke was not a member of Zanu PF.

The Zanu PF politburo sealed Kereke’s fate on Wednesday.

In terms of section 129 of the new Constitution, the seat of a Member of Parliament becomes vacant if the member has ceased to belong to a political party of which he or she was a member when elected to Parliament and the political party concerned has written a notice to the Speaker or president of the Senate.   

Meanwhile, legislators moved a motion to send condolences to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, following the death of 62 people and the injury of 175 others as a result of a terrorist attack by Al-Shabaab on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya on September 21.

The motion was moved MDC legislators Gorden Moyo and Eddie Cross but was supported by legislators across the political divine, who strongly denounced the attack.

Parliament has adjourned to October 15.

Comments (9)

I think this has been a short lived term. Let us see if he is not going to win as an independent. Go for it Kereke though you are not very clean.

Mavara Azarevhu - 4 October 2013

Handiti ndiye akavhotegwa nevanhu. Saka democracy yacho neye fake

Munhu Chaiye - 4 October 2013

How many times should ZANU PF suspend Kereke. He was suspended when he defied their order to pave way for Elias Musakwa. I think the Honourable Speaker misdirected himself because my understanding is that Kereke won the seat as an independent beating Elias Musakwa of ZANU PF and an MDC candidate in the process. Unless if the nominating court erred by fielding two ZANU PF candidates. Now the question is , is that allowed?

Robsugar - 4 October 2013

The motion was moved by .......... but supported by legislators across the political DIVINE, I hope you will do well in your November English exams dear reporter and your editor.

Gwaziva Shumba - 4 October 2013

Why can't people from Mashonaland Central leave the people of Masvingo alone? The Bikita West electorate spoke during the ZANU PF primary election and harmonised elections by selecting Dr Kereke. 'Preferring' Musakwa ahead of Dr Kereke is outright imposition. What will stop the people from voting for their preferred candidate (Kereke) should he decide to contest as an independent? Siyanai ne factionalism please. Munotivuraira musangano wedu mhani.

chenham - 4 October 2013

that was quick. MDC led by Ncube took the best part of 5yrs trying to expel some of their MPs. Some "animals" are more equal than others hey.

Jokes Corner - 4 October 2013

haaayaah

tblade - 5 October 2013

Robsugar ypu misdirected yourself in making an uniformed comment. kerekefiled nomination papers as a Zanu PF candidate and won. even the provincial chairman will face disciplinary action for what he did. Usamhanye kutaura kana usingazive

G - 5 October 2013

Kereke knows that if he contests he will lose coz NIKUV will be back in action to cook results. Besides, he may have a fatal road accident and be declared a provincial hero. Ha ha ha - sooo sad.

fokolo - 6 October 2013

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