Clash Of The Moyos For Zimbabwe's Speaker Post Expected As MDC Goes To Court

This came as Zanu (PF) held a politburo meeting on Wednesday evening in which it was decided to field the party’s national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo as its candidate for the vacant post of Speaker of Parliament.

Zvoma on Tuesday unilaterally suspended the sitting of the House of Assembly indefinitely saying he will announce a date for the election of a new Speaker of Parliament once necessary preparations have been made.

The MDC-T said in a statement on Tuesday that it suspected the elections for the new speaker had been cancelled by Zvoma due to divisions in Zanu (PF) over the choice of a candidate.

Zvoma’s adjournment of Parliament followed the Supreme Court’s decision nullifying the election of Lovemore Moyo, who belongs to (MDC-T) as Speaker of Parliament after his appointment was challenged by Jonathan Moyo, a politburo member in President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) party.

But the MDC and its Chief Whip in Parliament, Innocent Gonese on Wednesday filed an Urgent Chamber Application seeking to declare as null and void the adjournment of Parliament on Tuesday and to set aside Zvoma’s decision suspending Parliament.

In the application which was filed by prominent human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa of Mtetwa and Nyambirai Legal Practitioners, who is a member of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Gonese and the MDC party want the High Court to order the House of Assembly to resume sitting on the first day as provided for in Order No. 21 of the
House of Assembly Standing Orders after the granting of the order which they are seeking.

The MDC and Gonese said upon Parliament’s sitting, Zvoma must report the vacancy in the office of the Speaker as provided for in Order 16 (1) of the House of Assembly Standing Orders.

Zanu (PF) chief whip of Parliament, Jorum Gumbo confirmed the party’s politburo had met on Wednesday evening at the party’s headquarters and nominated SK Moyo as its candidate for the vacant post of speaker.

“The politburo met and have nominated S. K. Moyo,” said Gumbo. “… we have agreed as legislators to support that candidate because the politburo looked at seniority. We are going campaign for our winning candidate.”

SK now faces Moyo, the former speaker after the MDC led by Welshman Ncube said it will not be fielding a candidate.