Chief Charumbira elected PAP president

By Oleen Ndori

PRESIDENT of the Chiefs Council, Senator Chief Fortune Charumbira has been elected as the new president of the Pan African Parliament (PAP).

In the elections held this Wednesday in Midrand South Africa, Senator Charumbira won 161 of the 203 votes cast.

The elections formed part of the deliberations in the first seating of PAP following violence that occurred last year when Africa’s august house could not agree on how to conduct its elections.

Senator Charumbira becomes the first president of the Pan African Parliament from the Southern African region.

He pledged to promote adherence to the principles of good governance, democracy and human rights.

This Wednesday’s elections follow a directive from the African Union that regions should rotate key leadership positions.

The PAP is headed by a bureau consisting of a president and four vice-presidents.

Members of the bureau represent the five regions of the continent.