Jacob Mudenda sworn in as Speaker

via Jacob Mudenda sworn in as Speaker of Parliament | The Zimbabwean by Nelson Sibanda

Zanu (PF)’s Jacob Mudenda was today sworn in as Speaker of Parliament by Chief Justice, Godfrey Chidyausiku in Harare, and will be deputised in the House of Assembly by Mabel Chinomona from the same party.

They were uncontested following their endorsement by the Zanu (PF) politburo and after MDC-T boycotted the swearing in of legislators.

The process did not go to the election stage since no other candidates came up to contest against the suggested Zanu (PF) contestants.

The Clerk of Parliament, Austin Zvoma, presided over the swearing in of elected MPs. The National Assembly now has a total of 270 members while Senate has 80 members.

The number of legislators in the National Assembly rose following the new constitutional provision which created 60 more seats reserved for women under the proportional representation system.

Out of the 270 National Assembly legislators, 197 are Zanu (PF), MDC-T has 70, MDC 2 while one is an independent. Mudenda takes over the position from former MDC-T Speaker, Lovemore Moyo.

He is a former governor of Matabeleland and a board member of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission.

Zanu (PF) legislators broke into song and dance immediately after the swearing in of its members.

Following the swearing in ceremony, Parliament is expected to be officially opened by President Robert Mugabe on September 17