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Dilemma in CCC over taking parly oath of office

Story by Wellington Makonese

Political analysts say the confusion within the CCC ranks over occupying parliamentary seats after rejecting the outcome of the August 23 general elections has no bearing on legislative proceedings.

The swearing-in of elected legislators this Thursday comes at a time the opposition CCC is in a conundrum with some members subtly vowing not to assume office in defiance of the party’s loss in the presidential election.

The opposition had also indicated that it is rejecting the outcome of the general elections in toto, yet Bulawayo-based councillors were sworn in this Thursday.

Turning to the parliament swearing-in set for this Thursday, political analyst, Mr Elton Ziki believes the divisions over the party’s course of action have little or no effect on parliament business adding that it is a disservice to the electorate.

“The outcome of the election should show that they respect electoral outcomes. The parly requires representation in all facets, lower and upper house. We must understand that not all of them intend to boycott, but CCC needs to understand that Zimbabwe is bigger than any political player, the parliament.

“In the unlikely event that they boycott, we must also look at the fact that ZANU PF has a majority so there would be no effect. The legislative power given to these people in the parliament requires them to air the challenges and issues of the people so it requires them to respect the will of the people,” he said.

Constitutional law expert, Advocate Tawanda Gombiro laid down procedures that lead to a vacancy in parliament.

“When one fails to take office tomorrow, one is not disqualified. You are only disqualified to seat in national assembly but if one fails to seat for 21 consecutive days in terms of Section 129. You may be disqualified as a member of parliament altogether. The constitution is clear that where a vacancy appears, a by-election is held in 90 days from the day of the vacancy,” said Advocate Gombiro.

Prior to election day, the CCC had vowed not to accept any result other than the victory of its presidential candidate and sections of the party had hinted at forfeiting their seats in solidarity with Advocate Nelson Chamisa who lost to President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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