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PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has been forced to withdraw the re-appointment of Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commissioners less than two weeks after he extended their terms of office after it emerged the move was possibly illegal.

Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi told Parliament in a ministerial statement issued after Cabinet met on Tuesday that the due process has to be followed over the appointments.

“According to the new constitution, regarding the process of nominating commissioners, the (parliamentary) committee on standing rules and orders must aertise the positions, invite the public to make and conduct public interviews and compile a list of prospective nominees for appointment,” he said.

“However after the expiry of the term of office of ZACC commissioners, government considered that the time-frame that would be taken to conduct the due process would create a vacuum and the president then reappointed the commissioners.

“However, upon re-examination, it was noted that the reappointments were unconstitutional hence it was decided that the chairman orders that commissioners should stop working and the commissioners vacate their offices.”

Only last week, Mohadi’s deputy, Ziyambi Ziyambi told Parliament that Mugabe had extended the term of office for the commissioners.

Ziyambi was however unable to explain under what law Mugabe made the appointments, prompting the Speaker, Jacob Mudenda, to order investigations into how the extensions were made.

The commissioners were appointed during the inclusive government but their term of office came to an end in August.

A general notice recently published by the commission chairperson, Denford Chirindo, stated that “the secretary for Home Affairs … has aised that the commissioners whose term of office expired in August 2013 should come back to work with immediate effect so that they continue to function until a new commission has been set up by his Excellency, the President.”

But Mohadi said that the notice was unconstitutional and has since been withdrawn.

“Currently we don’t have commissioners and the ball is in your court as parliament. If you give me the list (of nominees) tomorrow, I will be happy,” he said.

Source : New Zimbabwe