Speaker declares Mutasa, Mliswa seats vacant

HARARE - Jacob Mudenda, the Speaker of  the National Assembly, yesterday declared Zanu PF MPs Didymus Mutasa and his nephew Temba Mliswa’s constituencies vacant.

Mudenda informed the House that he had received a letter from President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF that the Headlands MP Mutasa and Mliswa,  representing  Hurungwe West,  had been  disowned by their party.   

This comes after Mutasa, a former Presidential Affairs minister and close confidante of Mugabe, was reportedly expelled at a recent Zanu PF politburo meeting together with Mliswa, who is MP for Hurungwe West and former chairman of  Zanu PF Mashonaland West province.

“I want to announce vacancies in the National Assembly,” Mudenda said. “As of 19th February 2015, Zanu PF notified Parliament that both Didymus Mutasa and Temba Mliswa have ceased to be  members of Zanu PF, and therefore they are no longer the representatives of the party in the National Assembly.”

He said according to Section 129 of the Constitution  “if a member has ceased to belong  to the political party of which he or she was member when elected to Parliament, the political party concerned shall write notice to the Speaker or president of the senate declaring that the member has ceased to belong to it.”

Mudenda said he  had also  received a letter from Mutasa,  arguing that he was not expelled  from Zanu PF as the party  had not followed due process of the law, hence was still a Zanu PF member and MP.

“I am not going to comment  on the  matter as it is the responsibility of  his party and I can comment on his Parliament status as  I am  required by law to declare  a vacancy in their constituencies after I have received the (Mutasa) letter,” Mudenda said.

Soon after Mudenda’s ruling, Mliswa walked out of Parliament. Mutasa did not turn up for Parliament.

Mutasa was unreachable for comment yesterday but Mliswa said he would be making a press statement soon to respond to the purported ouster.

Meanwhile, Mudenda also delivered another ruling concerning professional working standards for media practitioners covering parliamentary sessions.

He ruled that journalists should be allowed to use mobile phones during parliamentary sessions and debates for recording and taking pictures but the gadgets should be on silent and not disturb parliamentary proceedings.

James Maridadi, MDC MP for Mabvuku-Tafara, raised the issue in Parliament last week, arguing that journalists cannot be forced to switch off their journalistic gadgets.

Journalists had been stopped from using mobile phones by Parliament security.

 

Comments (13)

Double standards in parliament. Democracy thrown out the window.

Farai - 4 March 2015

There are simply no standards in Parliament. Everybody is there to find ways to enrich or empower themselves. What good has come out of this establishment other than fighting, white elephants and broken promises. This is one of the most useless Parliaments ever.

Dr Do little - 4 March 2015

Mudenda, MDC-T through their legally elected SG wrote to yo to withdraw Mbiti and company from Parliament and you refused, because they also wrote to yo saying they are still MDC-T. Can you tell the country if MDC-Renewal contested the 2013 elections? This is just elephant waste in someone's head. Elephantisis in his head.

maita - 4 March 2015

The Speaker of parliament should be very partial in the discharge of his public duties.If he be fair he must quickly declare the seats of the MDC-Renewal Team members (18) vacant,because they never contested in the July 2013 elections.To make this very clear they have even adopted a new name.What confuses the Speaker to ask the courts to decide on such a simple issue.All this as a precedent on the Speaker's decision to expel Mutasa/Mliswa as ZANU-Pf mps from parliament.

Inkomoiyahlaba - 4 March 2015

Mudenda= Mud enda, in shona = Matope einda. An (ID.10.T) FULL STOP.

springboard - 4 March 2015

Ndiwo anonzi mahumbwe in the August House. Zimbos taken for a ride.

Gwenaz - 4 March 2015

Mutasa fired himself from Zanu the day he decided to go against Mugabe's wishes! He knows it, he used to say others fired themselves from the party! He must use his own words to advise himself!

Phaphamani - 5 March 2015

Well done Mr Speaker Sir,at least justice seems to have been done.

Inkomoiyahlaba - 18 March 2015

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