Kereke no longer an MP: Speaker

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HARARE – Jacob Mudenda, Speaker of National Assembly yesterday officially notified legislators in the National Assembly that Munyaradzi Kereke has been expelled from Parliament.

This means his legislative seat has become vacant and there will be a by-election soon.

Kekere, the former advisor to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono won the Bikita West parliamentary seat on a Zanu PF ticket  in the July 31 elections.

He had defied an order to stand down for Elias Musakwa, who was the party’s preferred candidate.

Mudenda informed legislators that a by-election was now pending in Bikita West Constituency, after he had been briefed by Zanu PF that Kereke was not a member of Zanu PF.

The Zanu PF politburo sealed Kereke’s fate on Wednesday.

In terms of section 129 of the new Constitution, 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 concerned has written a notice to the Speaker or president of the Senate.   

Meanwhile, legislators moved a motion to send condolences to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, following the death of 62 people and the injury of 175 others as a result of a terrorist attack by Al-Shabaab on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya on September 21.

The motion was moved MDC legislators Gorden Moyo and Eddie Cross but was supported by legislators across the political divine, who strongly denounced the attack.

Parliament has adjourned to October 15.

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