Mudenda announces Mahere, Markham’s resignation from Parliament

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Mudenda announces Mahere, Markham resignations from Parliament
Mudenda announces Mahere, Markham resignations from Parliament

Mudenda announces Mahere, Markham’s resignation from Parliament #ElectionsZW

Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda has finally announced the resignation of legislators Fadzayi Mahere and Allan Markham.

Mahere was representing Mount Pleasant Constituency, while Markham represented Harare East in the National Assembly.

The two legislators resigned from Parliament, after dumping Citizens Coalition for Change which sponsored them in the 2023 general election.

Mahere and Markham resigned from CCC in solidarity with former party leader Nelson Chamisa, who dumped the party.

Chamisa had alleged infiltration of the party and alleged selling out by some top officials.

Announcing in the National Assembly, Mudenda indicated that the duo resigned in terms of Section 129(1)(b) of the constitution.

‘’On the 29th and 31st of January 2024, Parliament received letters from Ms. Fadzayi Mahere and Mr. Allan Markham respectively, advising of their resignation from Parliament with immediate effect, in accordance with Section 129 (1) (b) of the Constitution.

‘’Section 129 (1) (b) states as follows: “… a seat of a Member of Parliament becomes vacant upon the Member resigning his or her seat by written notice to the President of the Senate or to the Speaker, as the case may be…”. 

‘’Ms. Mahere was a Member of Parliament for Mount Pleasant Constituency and Mr. Markham was a Member of Parliament for Harare East Constituency.

‘’Consequently, vacancies exist in the membership of Parliament, in respect of the two constituencies, and in terms of Section 39 (1) of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13], His Excellency the President and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, shall duly be notified in writing of these vacancies,’’ he said.

About Mahere and Markham

Markham was among the most participating legislators in the 9th and even the 10th Parliament.

Mahere was seen as one of the bright female minds in the National Assembly. However, she never got the opportunity to exhibit her prowess. She was among the CCC legislators who were suspended twice from the House for registering displeasure.

It remains to be seen if they will be contesting in the by-elections that will follow. And it will also be interesting to see which political party they will represent.

Mudenda announces Mahere, Markham’s resignation from Parliament

Mudenda announces Mahere, Markham’s resignation from Parliament