Kereke remains Bikita West MP | The Herald

via Kereke remains Bikita West MP | The Herald by Fidelis Munyoro October 22, 2013

Dr Munyaradzi Kereke will remain the National Assembly Member for Bikita West after lawyers representing parties in the case in which he is challenging his expulsion from Parliament reached an out-of-court settlement, The Herald has learnt.The legislator had sued Zanu-PF at the Constitutional Court for seeking his expulsion from Parliament on the basis that he had been fired from the party and could not purport to represent it in the August House.

The lawsuit came after the National Assembly Speaker advised Dr Kereke that he had ceased to be the legislator for Bikita West after Zanu-PF secretary for administration Cde Dydmus Mutasa wrote to Parliament advising of Dr Kereke’s expulsion from the party.

Dr Kereke challenged his expulsion from Parliament arguing that he had ceased to be a Zanu-PF member by the time he was elected on July 31.

However, The Herald learnt yesterday that lawyers representing Dr Kereke and Zanu-PF, National Assembly Speaker and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission cited as respondents, last week reached an out-of-court settlement allowing Dr Kereke to remain the legislator for Bikita West.

The deed of settlement, according to the source close to the matter, is now before Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku for endorsement.

This means that when the matter is brought for hearing tomorrow, Dr Kereke’s lawyer Advocate Lewis Uriri will ask the court to make the settlement an order of the court.

“They have reached an out of court settlement,” said the source. “They have agreed that Dr Kereke remains a member of National Assembly for Bikita West Constituency. They have already signed an order by consent.”

Adv Uriri confirmed yesterday that the matter had been settled.  Until the Chief Justice signs the consent order Dr Kereke remains expelled from Parliament.

Last week, Chief Justice Chidyausiku ruled that Dr Kereke’s case should be heard on an urgent basis and set the hearing for tomorrow.

Dr Kereke won the election to represent Bikita West in Parliament after beating Cde Elias Musakwa (Zanu-PF) and Mr Heya Shoko (MDC-T) after getting the nod to stand on Zanu-PF’s ticket from the party’s Masvingo provincial committee.

Some elements in the revolutionary party, however, disowned him, saying they recognised Cde Musakwa as the official candidate.

The case of Dr Kereke saw Zanu-PF’s Masvingo provincial chairman Cde Lovemore Matuke being suspended for defying a directive not to sign Dr Kereke’s papers at the Nomination Court to contest the Bikita West National Assembly seat on the party’s ticket for the July 31 harmonised elections.

In his challenge, Dr Kereke said the section which both Zanu-PF and the Speaker relied on to expel him from Parliament did not apply to his situation.

He said he ceased to be a member of Zanu-PF on July 10, as evidenced by a letter written to him by Cde Mutasa.

 

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    matombo chiremba 7 years ago

    VanaMutasa!! you need basic logic, common sense, and basic legal knowledge in order that you do not persistently and consistently embarrass the revolutionary party as its misfiring Secretary for Administration. This perhaps shows that you are no match for the Crocodile?

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    Zvapasipano 7 years ago

    Mungamudini?well done kereke uri mwana wokushe iwe. Ramba uripo uchivatarudzawo kuti u can represent ur people kwete kundovata wavamo. We want to see development .

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    Kisti-yatota 7 years ago

    i hope they did not give you $500 to return back like the professor of tsholothlo

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    Tapuwa Mukuruvambwa 7 years ago

    Obvious that ZANU PF would not want a by-election as they would lose again this time even to MDC T.

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      TAPUWA MUKURUVAMBWA…CAN YOU PLEASE TELL YOUR LEADER MORGAN TSVANGIRAI TO FIRST ACCEPT DEFEAT….HE WILL NEVER BIT ZANU-PF IN COMONGELECTIONS ANYMORE TIMES TO COME….MDC-T IS DEAD AND BURIED…IF YOU DO NOT SEE THAT YOU ALSO DEAD AND BURIED///OPEN YOUR MIND AND HAVE A LONG TERM STRATEGY…………

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    SAUNGWEME KATASU 7 years ago

    THE ISSUE IS NOT ABOUT MDC IT IS ABOUT KEREKE AND ZANU PF. I THINK YOUR UNDERSTANDING IS JUST WEAK.

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    LEAVE POLITICAL ISSUES ALOOF YU BUTTERFLIES IT IS TIME OF THE END. PREPARE FOR THE COMING OF JESUS YU BROOD OF VIPERS. YU SHALL BE CAUGHT WANTED…… HAZVINA BASA RESE ZVOSE IZVOZVO IBVAIPO VOZVE.