Zvoma Wins First Battle To Save His Job

But Zvoma is not yet off the hook as the court still has to decide on his ordinary court application which he filed just before the urgent chamber application seeking to suspend debate on the motion.

“The Clerk of Parliament has been awarded interim relief,” Chris Mhike, lawyer for the respondents told Radio VOP Friday.

“The court ruled that the motion passed is null and void until the main matters are dealt with in the main court application.”

Mhike said the ruling passed by Justice Francis Bere pertained to Zvoma’s urgent chamber application.

He said the court is yet to hear the merits of Zvoma’s earlier application fighting for his job.

Zvoma, who is accused of abusing his powers as CEO of the country’s by-cameral parliament, approached court in December pleading for the halting of the house debate.

He claimed, among other reasons, that MPs had no locus standi to use ordinary parliamentary business to push for his expulsion.

This was after MDC-T MP for Hwange Central Brian Tshuma had proposed through his motion, the setting up of a five member committee that will look into allegations of abuse of authority pending his possible ouster.

Tshuma among other accusations, says Zvoma is behaving like he was owner of parliament through taking unilateral decisions that are detrimental to the smooth running of the legislature.

But Zvoma contends that it is the Parliament’s Committee on Standing Rules and Orders who are his employers and are, as such, mandated to deal with his disciplinary matters.

Although he said he had not yet been furnished with a full judgement regarding Friday’s ruling, Mhike conceded the ruling by Justice Bere was fair and consistent with the “laws of natural justice.”

“The fact that Zvoma can still be fired remains. However, the High Court has said if he has to be fired, then proper procedure should be followed,” he said.

“The judge said the manner in which proceedings would progress in terms of the motion passed by Honourable Tshuma would leave him without any opportunity to give his side of the story.”

Listed as respondents in the matter are Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo, his deputy Nomalanga Khumalo, Senate President Edna Madzongwe, MDC-T MPs Brian Tshuma and Shepard Mushonga, Willius Madzimure and Linnet Karenyi who are the chairpersons of committees of Parliament and deputy.