The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: MP's Sworn in

MEMBERS of Parliament from both Houses were today sworn-in during a ceremony that subsequently saw former Matabeleland North provincial Governor Cde Jacob Mudenda being elected as Speaker of the National Assembly, while Cde Edna Madzongwe being retained as president of the Senate.

The swearing in ceremony that took the greater part of today had emotional moments, with outgoing Mines and Mining Development Minister Obert Mpofu breaking down as he shed tears while delivering a congratulatory message to Cde Mudenda.

Legislators from the MDC-T attended the swearing-in ceremony, but boycotted the election of presiding officers in the National Assembly, while their colleagues in the Senate saw through both the processes.

Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku conducted the swearing-in for presiding officers for both Houses in terms of the new Constitution.

Cde Mudenda, will be deputised by Cde Marble Chinomona, while former Cabinet Minister Cde Chenhamo Chakezha Chimutengwende was elected deputy president of Senate.

All candidates were elected unopposed after the MDC-T did not field any candidate in the wake of the landslide election victory by Zanu-PF, which saw the revolutionary party securing more than two thirds the number of seats.

Clerk of Parliament Mr Austin Zvoma conducted the swearing-in for both Houses, with the MPs taking the oath in a batch of 10 per given time.

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