CCC Shakes Up New August House Turning Speaker of Parliament Election into Chaotic Carnival
In the 10th parliament, legislators from the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) turned the new August House in Mount Hampden Harare into a chaotic carnival celebration by boycotting the Speaker of Parliament election.
Today, the 10th parliament, comprised solely of ZANU PF members only, gathered to elect the Speaker and Deputy Speaker for the National Assembly.
Reelection of Advocate Jacob Mudenda
Advocate Jacob Mudenda was reelected unopposed as the Speaker of the National Assembly. Tsitsi Gezi retaining her position as Deputy Speaker. Chief Justice Luke Malaba administered the oath of office to Mudenda. The oath was met with a cold response from CCC legislators who were absent for the election.
CCC Legislators Express Discontent
CCC legislators voiced their grievances over Mudenda’s reelection as Speaker of the National Assembly. They believe that their concerns have not been adequately addressed, leading to their protest during the swearing-in ceremony.
Following his reelection, Mudenda called for unity among legislators from all political factions. He emphasized the importance of working together to achieve prosperity and make a positive impact on parliamentary processes.
In his address, Mudenda stated, “Let us commit ourselves to the unity of purpose. I wish all of us prosperity, and we can achieve that prosperity and make a difference in our Parliamentary processes if we remain committed and share the unity of purpose.”
The Need for Dialogue and Moving Forward
The protest by CCC legislators highlights the existing divisions within the parliament, reported NewZimbabwe. It underscores the necessity for open dialogue and a platform where concerns can be addressed to foster a more inclusive and collaborative legislative environment.
As the 10th parliament begins its work, it is crucial for all legislators to engage in meaningful discussions and find common ground. Only through unity and cooperation can they effectively represent the interests of the people and bring about positive change.
🔴#Chaos in the August House as legislators break into party songs. The 10th parliament, made up of @ZANUPF_Official and @CCCZimbabwe members only, has convened to elect the Speaker and Deputy Speaker. pic.twitter.com/O8KRj5WH02
— NewsDay Zimbabwe (@NewsDayZimbabwe) September 8, 2023