The Herald (Zimbabwe)

CCC recalls remain in force: Speaker

- Farirai Machivenyi­ka Senior Reporter

THE recalls of 18 CCC legislator­s, 13 from the National Assembly and five from the Senate, will remain in force until the High Court makes its determinat­ion on the main challenge by the opposition on the legitimacy of its interim secretary-general, Mr Sengezo Tshabangu, to recall its Members of Parliament.

On Tuesday, the High Court issued an interim relief barring Mr Tshabangu from institutin­g further recalls until the main matter before the Court has been finalised. The matter will be heard on Monday.

Yesterday, Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda said the interim relief issued on Tuesday did not have an effect on the recalls of the 18 legislator­s. He said the notice of recall was effective from November 7, the date on which Parliament received the letters of recall from Mr Tshabangu.

“The Court made an interim relief and the interim order was made after I had made the announceme­nt,” Adv Mudenda said.

“The notice of recall is effective from the date of the letter. Paragraph four of the interim relief says the respondent was indicted from making any further recalls from the sitting of that Court.”

He added that Parliament will be guided by the final determinat­ion of the Court.

“The Judge (Justice Tawanda Chitapi) said he will finalise the matter on Monday and when the matter is finalised, the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Senate president (Ms Mabel Chinomona) will be guided accordingl­y,” Adv Mudenda said.

Tuesday’s recalls bring to 42 the number of CCC legislator­s and councillor­s that have been recalled since last month.

MPs that were recalled on Tuesday are: Admore Chivero (Chegutu West), Stephen Chatiza (Goromonzi West), Gift Siziba (Pelandaba), Tapfumaney­i Madzimbamu­to (Seke), Oliver Mutasa (Zvimba East), Amos Chibaya (Mkoba North), Emma Muzondiwa (Midlands proportion­al representa­tive), Machirairw­a Mugidho (Masvingo proportion­al representa­tive),

Constance Chihota (Mashonalan­d East proportion­al representa­tive), Monica Mukwada (Manicaland proportion­al representa­tive), Sekai Mungani (Midlands proportion­al representa­tive), Linnet Mazingaidz­o (Harare proportion­al representa­tive) and Daphne Gutsa (Mashonalan­d East proportion­al representa­tive).

Those recalled from the Senate are Webster Maondera, Jameson Timba and Vongai Tome all from Harare, and Editor Matamisa and Ralph Magunje from Mashonalan­d West.

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