Zimbabwe: Parly Moves to Charge Kuwaza

Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda yesterday set up a Privileges Committee to look into allegations that former State Procurement Board chairperson Mr Charles Kuwaza (pictured) might be in contempt of Parliament following remarks by the Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy when he was invited to appear before the committee last year.

Source: Zimbabwe: Parly Moves to Charge Kuwaza – allAfrica.com 18 May 2016

Setting up of the seven-member committee came after a committee chaired by Gutu Central MP Cde Lovemore Matuke (Zanu-PF), submitted to the National Assembly that Mr Kuwaza could have been in breach of the Privileges, Immunities and Powers of Parliament Act after failing to provide them with requested information.

Adv Mudenda ruled that there were reasonable grounds to suspect that he might have been in contempt of Parliament, paving way for the setting up of the committee.

The committee will be chaired by Mazowe West MP Cde Kazembe Kazembe.

Other members of the committee are Mazowe South MP Cde Fortune Chasi, Manicaland MP Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa and Dr Daniel Shumba (all from Zanu-PF.). Others are Kuwadzana East MP Mr Nelson Chamisa, Harare West MP Ms Jessie Majome (both MDC-T) and Bulawayo Metropolitan MP Ms Jasmine Toffa (MDC).

The committee is expected to gather evidence and compile a report to be tabled before Parliament for debate and possible adoption.