Zim Clerk Of Parly Fights For His Job

Zvoma, who is accused of showing bias towards Zanu (PF) in his execution of parliamentary business as the chief executive of the bicameral parliament, wants the High Court to stop the Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo from entertaining the motion proposed by MDC-T legislator Brian Tshuma.

In his application Zvoma, who has served as Clerk of Parliament since 1989, said Tshuma and Shepherd Mushonga, the other MDC-T legislator who supported the proposed motion, lacked locus standi to put forward the “purported” notice from the floor, arguing that the two, third and fourth respondent in the matter, neither employ nor have supervisory powers of him.

The MDC accuses Zvoma, among other things for allegedly failing to properly conduct elections for the post of Speaker of the House of Assembly in August 2008 and unprocedurally deferring the sitting of Parliament on March 27 this year, following the nullification of Lovemore Moyo’s election by the Supreme Court a week earlier.

He is also accused of ignoring advice given by Attorney-General Johannes Tomana’s advice to the effect that Moyo was supposed to revert to being the MDC-T Matobo North legislator following the Supreme Court decision.

“Third and Fourth Respondent do not have the right to hire and fire. The rights of members are collective, through parliament,” reads part of Zvoma’s application.

He said as a matter of fact he was appointed to the post by the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders (CSRO) in 1989.

Zvoma charged that Speaker Moyo would be the wrong person to preside over the matter if it was ever to be brought to the house where the MDC-T enjoys a majority.

First (Moyo), second (Nomalanga Khumalo) and third (Tshuma) respondents are all members of MDC-T party. At present MDC-T holds the highest number of seats in the House of assembly 98, Zanu (PF) holds 97, MDC-M holds 7. First second and third respondents are all members of MDC-T and there is a real likelihood that the party will vote on party lines since it was moved and seconded by their members. A decision reached on political grounds would not equate to an independent and impartial tribunal and would conflict with the constitution,” said Zvoma.

However, Khumalo, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, stated last week that she was a member of the Arthur Mutambara faction where she has been elevated to the post of Vice President of the party.

“By law, any process for my dismissal shall be exercised by the body supervising me, that being the CSRO chaired by the Speaker of the House of Assembly. Given his (Moyo) conflict of interest the rules provide that this body will be chaired by the Fifth Respondent (Edna Madzongwe) in this matter,” said Zvoma.

Madzongwe is a known Zanu (PF) top official who went into parliament courtesy of the party’s ticket.