HARARE, March 4– The Speaker of the Zimbabwe National Assembly, Jacob Mudenda, has announced the expulsion of former secretary for administration of the ruling Zanu-PF party, who was also the Member of Parliament for Headlands, Didymus Mutasa, and the MP for Hurungwe West, Temba Mliswa from the Hhouse.

Mutasa and Mliswa, who is his nephew, were recently expelled from Zanu PF, which subsequently wrote to Mudenda notifying him that the two had ceased to be members of the party and could not therefore continue to represent its interest in the House.

Announcing the expulsion of the two from Parliament here Tuesday, Mudenda said Mutasa and Mliswa had ceased to belong to Zanu PF and the Constitution did not allow them to continue representing the party in Parliament.

Subsection 1(a) of Section 121 of the Constitution provides that the seat of a Member of Parliament becomes vacant if the member has ceased to belong to a political party of which he or she was a member when elected to Parliament and the political party by written notice to the Speaker or President of the Senate has declared that the member has ceased to belong to it.

Mliswa, who was in the House of Assembly, walked out as soon as the Speaker started announcing the decision.

Mudenda said he had also received a letter from Mutasa in which he indicated that his expulsion from Zanu PF party was not warranted and due process was not followed in terms of the party democracy. He said Parliament did not have the mandate to pursue Mutasa’s case.

“The position of the Constitution is unambiguous regarding the declaration of vacancies in the House of Parliament; consequently, vacancies have arisen in Headlands and Hurungwe West constituencies by
operation of the law,” he added.

Mudenda said relevant steps would be taken to inform the President and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, of the existence of vacancies in line with section 1 of the Electoral Act.

Mutasa and several other senior Zanu PF members were expelled from the party for allegedly plotting to assassinate President Robert Mugabe as well as dividing the party along factional lines.