MDC Alliance Councilors recalled by the MDC-T have received a ray of hope in their quest to return to Town House following Parliamentary Speaker Jacob Mudenda’s ruling on the suspension of elections.
In Parliament on Thursday, Mudenda said statutory instruments can only be acted upon after the Parliamentary Legal Committee has issued a non-adverse report – which is yet to happen.
“Statutory instruments are subject to scrutiny by the PLC… and they can issue an adverse report or a non-adverse report on them here in the House,” Mudenda told MPs.
“That’s the position according to Standing Order No 28 as well as Standing Order Number 20, that they are legitimised first by the PLC for their constitutionality so that nobody acts on them before parliament has gone through them.”
Two weeks ago Health Minister Constantino Chiwenga indefinitely suspended elections citing the Covid-19 public health emergency.
The VP issued Statutory Instrument 225A of 2020 which put by-elections in abeyance.
The move effectively postponed the holding of by-elections which ZEC had announced would be held by December 5.
However Mudenda’s reading of the SI ignites the chances for a redemptive election for the Allinance Councilors whose party has a fairly firm grasp on the urban electorate.
The MDC-T led by Thokozani Khupe has caused the recalls of 32 MDC Alliance MPs and senators, and 86 councillors including four mayors across the country.
At Harare Town House Council has been decimated by the recalling of nearly 30 Councilors.