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FORMER deputy clerk of Parliament, Kennedy Chokuda, has been promoted to be the new Clerk, beating 50 other prospective candidates who had shown interest in the August house’s top job.

The appointment is with immediate effect.

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in his capacity as leader of the House, made the announcement in the National Assembly on Wednesday before moving the motion to have Chokuda’s selection ratified by Parliament.

Chokuda was selected by the Parliament’s Standing Rules and Orders Committee (SROC) which looked into the 50 applications.

The motion was then adopted by the National Assembly in accordance with Section 154 (1) of the Zimbabwean constitution.

He won the job ahead of his former colleague, Helen Dingane, who had been widely tipped to land the post.

In his announcement, Mnangagwa, who is also Vice President of Zimbabwe and currently acting president, said they had to make an announcement before Parliament adjourns next week.

The SROC rules stipulate that the position should be filled within six months.

Mnangagwa said the appointment was necessary to avoid breaching the rules as Parliament which will only resume sitting in June.

The post was vacated by long serving former Clerk of Parliament, Austin Zvoma, who was forced to resign by the SROC in November last year after he reached the legal retirement age of 65.

Since then, Chokuda has been holding the position in an acting capacity.

The SROC, which is responsible for selecting candidates for the job handled the 50 applications from which they fished Chokuda.

He will serve as Clerk of Parliament for the next six years after which he will be allowed to serve another six year term based on performance.

The Clerk is the Accounting Officer of Parliament, responsible for the day-to-day administration of the institution.

Chokuda is one parliament’s long serving officials and he became joint deputy clerk with Dingane in 2005 before the latter joined the Pan African Parliament in South Africa to serve in the same capacity.

A clerk of parliament reports to the Speaker of the National Assembly and in the absence of the speaker to the President of the Senate, which is the upper house of Parliament.

His duties include attending at the table when parliament sits and aising the Speaker of the National Assembly, President of Senate and deputy presiding officer on all legal and procedural matters.

Source : Financial Gazette