Angry Mutasa blasts Mudenda

HARARE - An angry Didymus Mutasa yesterday described Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda as a “shameless” person who had imported the “chaos of lawlessness” devouring Zanu PF to the National Assembly.

Mutasa’s savaging of Mudenda came after the Speaker controversially ruled on Tuesday that the former Presidential Affairs minister and his nephew Temba Mliswa’s parliamentary seats for Headlands and Hurungwe West respectively had fallen vacant following their disputed expulsion from Zanu PF.

A fuming Mutasa, Zimbabwe’s first Speaker of Parliament, also told the Daily News yesterday that he would be contesting his “purported expulsion” from the august House at the High Court.

“We have found a lawyer who is taking the matter of my expulsion to court,” he said.

This latest court bid follows yet another one that Mutasa and another liberation war icon Rugare Gumbo filed on Tuesday seeking the High Court to nullify the ruling party’s contested December congress, which they argue was illegal.

Mutasa also insists that he is still Zanu PF’s bona fide secretary for administration, and contemptuously regards the ruling party’s present leadership and politburo as illegal.

He also alleged yesterday that Mudenda, who during the party’s damp squib “elective” congress late last year acted in the liberation struggle pioneer’s position while he was recuperating from an illness in India, was part of the group of Mafikizolos (Johnny-come-latelies) who had hijacked Zanu PF from its revolutionary path.

“He (Mudenda) is one of them and he should have recused himself from presiding over my issue because he is an interested party, dai anga ari munhu kwaye (if he was a good person). But he was singing for his supper and passed that verdict,” Mutasa thundered.

In his Tuesday ruling, Mudenda — a lawyer by profession — 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 although he had also received a letter from Mutasa, arguing that he was not expelled  from Zanu PF as the party had not followed due processes, he would not be sucked into intra-party fights.

“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.

But Mutasa yesterday charged that Mudenda was offside and in fact allegedly breaking the very laws he was supposed to be protecting in Parliament.

Referring to the manner in which Mudenda handled Bikita West legislator Munyaradzi Kereke’s issue, the outspoken former minister in the President’s Office said it was worrying that laws were now being manipulated to suit the interests of the illegal Zanu PF.

“The people who are breaking the law in Zanu PF are the same culprits who are breaking the law in Parliament. Mudenda is part of the team and anenge achida kufadza vakuru vake (he is working to please his masters).

“He is just too scared of his handlers and in the process is now breaking the country’s laws,” Mutasa fired.

Alex Magaisa, a constitutional law expert, said Mudenda’s ruling “goes against the precedent that he set last year in a similar matter in which he stated that when there is a dispute over an MP’s membership in his or her political party, he would not pass judgment but would instead defer to the courts to allow them to resolve the case, as he had no such powers of resolving disputes over party membership”.

The United Kingdom-based lawyer said in the case involving the opposition MDC and its splinter entity, the MDC Renewal, when the former wrote declaring that its MPs who formed part of the latter group had ceased to be its members, the Speaker had indicated that he had also received communication contesting this view.

He stated that since there was a dispute, the matter had to be resolved by the courts, and he would have to defer to them.

“Yet however, he has performed an incredible somersault and discovered that he can, in fact, judge whether or not representations by an affected MP have or lack merit.

“In this case, involving his own party and Mutasa, he has taken on the role of judge in regard to the merits of Mutasa’s arguments, presumably against expulsion from Parliament. Quite how he justifies this totally different attitude and approach in this case is not altogether clear at present,” Magaisa said.

 

Comments (18)

DICTATORSHIP ! ini zvemitemo vs zanupf handioni zvichishanda ini. zanu are the laws unto themselves.only our prayers and the almighty can reign supreme over zanupf. The mtasa court issues only serve as testimonies of zanu ruthlessness.iye chaiye mtasa kungotrayawo zvake bt the truth of the outcomes anozviziva. tapererwa isu

njuga - 6 March 2015

its znpf waysa of looking at law they only act if the law is in their favour the rest is they dont e.,g the biti issue, then sachikonye and kereke issues and this latest

frank - 6 March 2015

so vaMutasa everyone is now your enemy after leaving ZANU PF. ZANU PF chiororo chemapenzi.

wind - 6 March 2015

Clearly here is one of the fools to ever grace the post of speaker of parliament .Even a sabhuku in my village could have resolved this issue with easy. If this Mudenda did go to a school of law did he pass ? I doubt very much bcoz one of the basic rules of being a lawyer is not to be partisan which i think he failed or he never red about it bcoz he did that course through correspondence while working as a teacher . I don't remember him working as a lawyer he was a teacher at marist brothers just outside Dete .With a record of being dishonest and untrust worth under his belt after he stolen at willow vale its a joke for anyone to think he or she can get fair ruling from a person with such a clumsy reputation . i think MDC T must re appeal the previous judgement made by this fat for nothing guy and have Biti and company seats vacant now bcoz their case is same with that of Mutasa .Our country is full of stupid educated people . We need naturally clever people to lead us not fools with phds demety!!!!!!!!

Diibulaanyika - 6 March 2015

Mr. Editor, just a point of clarity. You just said Mutasa is outspoken, he is however not well outspoken. He was tormenting ordinary Zimbabweans when he was in charge of security.

Mentalist - 6 March 2015

How come it was easy to close out the issues which came last-mudenda wanyadzisa,fire the mdc mebers as well as per constitution so that we have more elections and spend public money coming from roadblocks

masese - 6 March 2015

If Parliament is run by what is called in chiTonga zifuunka busenga,bamukumba lozi that is exactly the type of rulings you get and the situation that is in the country econmically . Mudenda must resign as speaker of parliament for showing totally biase when discharging his duties .He is no longer reliable as law asks him to . He is totally a chifunka busenga .

Diibulaanyika - 6 March 2015

Mutasa must be smoking some "high grade grass" He only sees the zanu pf chaos and lawlessness in Parly.. now. "Roy bennet issue" and many more. Mutasa formed Zanu pf and was in charge of spooks .Brutal murder of Maisiri family in his constituency. Go to Hell Mutasa.

X-MAN IV - 6 March 2015

Most of us never did law, but as human beings, have a natural inclination of picking the natural law of equality. Here Madenda, with legal background, displayed double standards in executing his duties as a speaker of parliament. his glaring failure is sticking out like dogs balls. What an abortion of justice! This is Zanu-PF at work operating as a Mafia Mob cult. With clowns like Mudenda, no wonder, we are a failed state.

Mbareboy - 6 March 2015

I am ashamed to be a zimbabweaan when such blatant acts of are shamelessy displaeyed.Mr Mudenda is becoming a tool used to disregard the laws of the land and surely this can only end in anarchy.MDC T must resend their letter so that we can see how thi man will handle it with the existing precedence.

gandanga musango - 6 March 2015

Mutasa don't be silly. Mudenda received a letter from Zanu that you are no longer MP. There was no court challenge at the time the speaker received the letter. That means all your ranting is misdirected. You should have challenged the Congress immediately after, that way the Speakers hands would have been tied, just like in Biti's case. Grow up old man, politics is a fast flowing game............ And to think that you think you were ever in charge of state security!!? You wish

Phaphamani - 8 March 2015

Mutasa anzwa butter

Harare - 9 March 2015

Mutasa anzwa BUTTER MAGARINA

Harare - 9 March 2015

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