Mutasa, Mliswa still MPs: Mudenda

HARARE - Jacob Mudenda, the National Assembly speaker has clarified the status of “expelled” Zanu PF legislators Didymus Mutasa and Temba Mliswa saying they remain Members of Parliament until the house receives letters from their party confirming the development.

Following Mliswa’s  appearance at Parliamentary sessions last week, Mudenda told the Daily  News on Sunday that he had not  received a letter from Zanu PF that the  two were no longer MPs.

Mliswa also chaired the Parliamentary portfolio committee on Sports and Education on Thursday.

Mutasa, a former presidential Affairs minister and close confidante of President Robert Mugabe is MP for Headlands, was reportedly expelled at a Zanu PF politburo meeting on Wednesday together with his nephew Mliswa who is MP for Hurungwe West and former chairman of   Zanu PF Mashonaland West Province.

“I am yet to receive the letter of their recall.  They can continue to attend Parliament and participate in the portfolio committees, as  they are still members of Parliament,” said  Mudenda.

“The expulsion order  did not originate from my office so I am not able to act on them and declare their constituencies vacant until I have  received letters from their political party, that  they are expelled,” said Mudenda.

Mliswa has remained defiant arguing that he remains loyal to Zanu PF.

  “I don’t know the reasons why it is said that I was expelled from Zanu PF as I have only read about it in the press. There was no disciplinary hearing against me or any charge laid against me,” said Mliswa.

Mutasa also said he  remained the legitimate secretary general of Zanu PF and was not going to recognise the  purported expulsion and Politburo meeting last Wednesday which  expelled him  describing it as a “sham”.

“In my case, no charges were ever laid against me and the disciplinary committee never summoned me to any disciplinary hearing, “said Mutasa in a press statement over his expulsion.

Mudenda also explained the parliamentary status of Jonathan Samukange an MP for Mudzi South who was an independent MP and has been re-admitted into Zanu PF structures as a member this week.

Again, he said he had not received any communication from Zanu PF to enable him to declare the seat vacant.

This follows complains  that had been raised by MDC MPs in Parliament that Samukange was not supposed to be in Parliament as he was in contradiction of Section 129 of the  constitution as joined  Zanu PF having won in the 2013 polls as an independent candidate.

The Constitution requires that a by-election be held if a person holding the seat as an independent candidate joins a political party.

Comments (7)

Check mate Mudenda what did you do when MDC T wrote a letter to you telling you that they had recalled those MPs who left to form the Renewal party?

Gwenaz - 22 February 2015

ngatimbo mirai kutaura nezve mdc t yaka koniwa basa apo yakapinzwa mu unit government. chavaka gona michato ne corruption. mdc t chimbopai vamwe mukana. wenyu maka tambisa. maelection anoitwa leader wenyu ariku purezha ozongo uira kuenda kuma court kuno chema kubiridzirwa. chimbo mirai vakomana. huye tsvangis akapedza term yake ngaachipa mumwewo otherwise he is also a handiende. he will soon clock his own 35yrs as leader of the party. democracy inoti vanhu chinganai chigaro not only one person.

zvirozviyedzwa - 22 February 2015

@Gwenaz , What a Question! Its checkmate time by the same move that was denied MDC T. Uku ndiko kunonzi kuzvinyenga guvhu. They cant recall them from parliament as they Judged the same scenario for MDC T.

springboard - 22 February 2015


hth - 23 February 2015

The blood of the people of Zimbabwe murdered by you Mutasa, Gumpo, Mugabe, Mnangagwa, all you lot is speaking, buy more pangas, hack each other to oblivion, you killed from 1980 until recently, now you wake up from your genocidal tendencies you want us the general people to hail you as heroes for now speaking against injustices that you helped create anyway...die with poison, die with cyanide, die by bullet, die by accident, die by road accident, die by blood pressure like Goche nearly did, die all of you.

Msuuunuu - 23 February 2015

we are watching you GUMBO AND CREW. zvaive zvakanaka pama maizviitira vamwe, what goes around comes around Mr Gumbo

mutonga - 23 February 2015

Join the destitute.finish and klaar.

wisdom - 23 February 2015

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