Zimbabwe’s Speaker in Storm Over Mugabe Impeachment

THE Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda is in the line of fire for allegedly trying to shield President Robert Mugabe from a pending impeachment motion set to be moved by opposition MDC-T lawmaker James Maridadi.

Maridadi represents the Mabvuku-Tafara
constituency in Harare and wants to move a vote of no confidence in Mugabe for various reasons, including failure to run the economy, rampant corruption, the missing $15 billion diamond revenue and claimed signs that the President is now incapacitated.

However, the MDC-T MP claims in a letter to
Mudenda dated July 27th that the Speaker could be dragged to court.

“I note with concern that my No Confidence
motion submitted to the papers office for
processing has mysteriously gone missing
somewhere in the system,” Maridadi said in the letter copied to Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda and MDC-T chief whip Innocent Gonese.

“I therefore re-submit it for your kind
consideration. Seeing as the motion is time-bound and also realizing that I initially submitted it beginning of June 2016, I wish to request a response on this re-submitted motion by close of business today, the 27th of July 2016, failure of which I will assume that Parliament is not keen to have the motion tabled. This will leave me with no
option but to seek legal recourse.”

The Mabvuku-Tafara MP told NewZimbabwe.com that he could be forced to approach the Constitutional Court for redress.

“I gave the speaker 24 hours’ notice last week but he is yet to respond. I did not want to take the legal route because that would mean another arm of government encroaching in another’s sphere which might pose a crisis,” he explained.

“The ideal of separation of power needs to be maintained at all costs but the Speaker is not being helpful. If they think I have committed a crime, then I should be arrested.”

“But I firmly believe the President has abdicated his duty, now shows signs he is no longer fit to rule and has failed to provide economic and political direction to take the country out of the current crisis,” Maridadi added.

“Mugabe is sleeping at meetings; is frequently out of the country for treatment and him falls all the time including the infamous tumble at the Harare
International Airport.

“I think a secret ballot would cause a removal of the President because many in Zanu PF including MPs agree with me.”

Maridadi, in his motion, says Mugabe should also be removed from power because the Zanu PF leader has allowed First Lady Grace to unconstitutionally direct government operations.

“We have heard the First Lady telling party
supporters that she is already in power and that the two Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko take instructions from her,” the MP said.

The MDC-T legislator wants Parliament to set up a joint committee of the National Assembly and the Senate to investigate Mugabe and bring a report for debate in the August House.

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