Kereke faces Parly expulsion

HARARE - MDC legislators have demanded  that Munyaradzi Kereke, the independent Member of Parliament for Bikita West, be expelled from Parliament.

Innocent Gonese, the MDC chief whip, raised the matter in the National Assembly yesterday.

“I believe there is a member who is a stranger in this house; I am referring to Kereke,” Gonese said.

“It is on public record that he went to the Constitutional Court and said he was an independent member and the Constitutional Court ruled that he can continue to be an MP.

“Now it is on public record that Zanu PF has accepted him in their structures, but he has not informed Parliament of that  change.” 

The matter caused heated debate in Parliament with legislators exchanging harsh words. Patrick Chinamasa tried to explain Kereke’s re-admission into Zanu PF, but was shouted down by opposition MPs. 

“I have to respond to the question as a government minister and leader of the House,” Chinamasa pleaded. His statement provoked a heated exchange of words between MPs.

Jacob Mudenda, Speaker of the National Assembly, ruled that he was going to look into the matter.

“I have realised that the matter has caused heated debate and I ask members not to get excited over this issue as I have noted the observation that has been  made by Gonese. I will make a ruling on it,” Mudenda said.

In Parliament, Kereke has endured loneliness as he was

being snubbed by his former party colleagues, who would not allow him to caucus with them.

In terms of Section 129 of the Constitution, the seat of a Member of Parliament becomes vacant if the member ceased to belong to a political party of which he or she was a member when elected to Parliament. The political party concerned must put a written notice to the Speaker.

Kekere was barred from participating in Bikita West Constituency as a Zanu PF candidate  in the July 31, 2013 elections but he defiantly participated and subsequently won the parliamentary seat as an independent candidate. Elias Musakwa, who was fielded as the Zanu PF candidate for Bikita West, lost the election to Kereke. The maverick economist’s action effectively expelled him from Zanu PF.

But last month, Zanu PF Masvingo Province re-admitted  him back into the party structures, but is yet to communicate that development to Parliament.

In a short message to the Daily News yesterday Kereke said: “Dr Kereke settled the matter out of court with Zanu PF on the grounds that Mutasa (Didymus) had unconstitutionally sought to remove Kereke from Parliament.

“The out of court settlement also took note that voters voted Kereke under the Zanu PF ballot. Kereke therefore never ceased to be a Zanu PF MP.”

Comments (2)

It is on public record that he went to the Constitutional Court and said he was an independent member and the Constitutional Court ruled that he can continue to be an MP. How then does he explain the pronouncement of the Constitutional Court? And he is a representative of the people saying this before sitting down to make our laws; this is a real joke even Paraffin/Mukadota Series would be beaten hands down by this new series

Qawe laMaqawe - 5 February 2015

What a JOKE! expelling Kereke

Mukanya - 6 February 2015

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