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Chief Charumbira Elected PAP President Unopposed [Updated]

Chief Charumbira Elected PAP President Unopposed [Updated]

Senator Chief Fortune Charumbira has been elected the new president of the continental legislature, the Pan African Parliament (PAP).

Charumbira, who is the president of the Chiefs Council, became the first person from the Southern African region to be voted PAP president.

He garnered 161 votes from a possible total of 203 votes during elections held at a session of the continental legislative body in Midrand, South Africa on Wednesday.

There were 31 abstentions and 11 spoilt votes.

In his victory speech, Chief Charumbira said there was an urgent need to transform PAP so that it properly discharges its mandate. He said:

We need to accept this fact and my presidency will seek to deepen the understanding as to why PAP has not performed, and I will work with all of you.

I stand here to declare that I am the right candidate to lead the process of transformation of the Pan African Parliament.

I have been acting president of this Parliament before, for three months last year. I have (also) been vice president.

I promise I will lead with excellence. I chaired a couple of committees of this Parliament.

PAP needs to be reformed, there are a lot of issues affecting MPs.

Chief Charumbira was SADC’s sole candidate for the PAP elections after the African Union capitulated to a demand by the Southern African caucus to allow them to field a candidate as part of the principle of rotation enshrined in the PAP constitutive Act.

The traditional leader is, however, not without controversy back home. In 2018, the High Court ruled that Charumbira’s comments publicly supporting ZANU PF were unconstitutional as chiefs are required to be neutral, reported ZimLive.

A judge ordered him to withdraw the comments, but he has not done so.

Speaking ahead of the PAP vote, Harare-based lawyer Obey Shava said supporting Charumbira would be endorsing his disrespect for the law. Shava said:

Chief Charumbira doesn’t respect Zimbabwe’s constitution and the courts. Charumbira publicly announced that chiefs have always been supporting Zanu PF and declared their continued support for it. This was contrary to section 280(2) of the constitution.

On 14 May 2018, the High Court declared that the partisan comments by Chief Charumbira supporting Zanu PF were unconstitutional and ordered that they be retracted within 14 days.

Charumbira tried to have the judgement rescinded but on June 19, 2019, the High Court stood its ground and dismissed his application. Still, he remained in defiance.

Charumbira has defied everyone, the law and the institutions which support democracy in Zimbabwe.

Supporting him would be endorsing his disrespect for the law, the constitution and the courts.

A local lawbreaker can’t be celebrated abroad. It spells doom for the future of democracy in SADC.

More: The Herald, ZimLive

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13 Comments

Observer 1 month ago

SADC, AU and PAP are a waste of time and money. They have no integrity and are not principled.
Very much partizaned.


G40 member 1 month ago

chief ava vakarombera zvigaro.hakuna favour yakadai


Joseph Kalimbwe 1 month ago

Zambia does not support this appointment because Charambira is from Zanu PF.


mwana wevhu 1 month ago

ukaona wapinda unopposed gara warega


🌶️🌶️🌶️ 1 month ago

So those spoiled papers and over hundred votes were from a ballot paper with Charumbira only. Why were they voting if he was not opposed.


Chawabvunza 1 month ago

I have never liked Chief Fortune Charumbira because of his patronage with the ruling party, ZANU PF. May anyone educate me on the duties of the Pan Africa Parliament and it's effectiveness in Africa. The late Chief Witness Mangwende was a better National Chiefs Council President that Chief Fortune Charumbira.

VA CHARUMBIRA REGAI KUNOITA CHI ZANU ZANU MAVEKO.

NGAAPINDE HAKE CHAMISA [NHC]

[VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE].


CHIHOMBE 1 month ago

MUNONYADZISA VAKOMANA IMI BUISY KUSHOROPODZA MWANA WEVHU AVHOTERWA CHIGARO CHIKURU CHAKADARO YOU ARE NOT PATRIOTIC AND DANGEROUS


Da Truth 1 month ago

Regai zvikurirane tozviona pakukohwa

🤨🤨 1 month ago

Chigaro ichocho chinogadzirisa economy her

Judge Dread 1 month ago

Zvechigaro ichocho hazvigadzirise economy yenyika yedu. Hazvina zvazvinotibatsira sevana veZimbabwe. l can't celebrate iye achidya achiguta nemhuri take.

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Dzvamu 1 month ago

Ndezvako


Zim 1 1 month ago

Havana kuriga here


ZANU-PF OFFICIAL 1 month ago

That post is nothing.there is nothing to celebrate .it doesn't change anything in our economy



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