In a not so surprising development, MDC-T leader Thokozani Khupe is expected back in Parliament after her name was part of 15 others the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission ( ZEC) gazetted yesterday as people nominated by her party to fill in seats in the National Assembly and Senate that fell vacant after the recall of some legislators.
Khupe is set to replace a proportional representation legislator which was chosen by the MDC Alliance in proportion to the votes received by their candidates in the constituency elections to the National Assembly.
Khupe’s party spokesperson Mr Kalpani Phugeni, will be in Senate.
Besides Khupe and Phugeni, other names on the list of replacements are Yvonne Winfielda Musarurwa, Lindani Moyo, January Sawuke, Memory Munochinzwa, Lwazi Sibanda, Sipho Mokone, Molly Dorothy Ndlovu, Tamani Moyo, Gertrude Moyo, Piniel Denga, Chief Ndluvu, Nomalanga Khumalo and Teti Chisorochengwe.
Khumalo was elected Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly in 2008 on an MDC-T ticket, while Denga and Sibanda are former legislators.
Those being replaced in the National Assembly are Thabitha Khumalo, Virginia Zengeya, Anna Myambo, Bacillia Majaya, Machirarwa Mugidho, Francisca Ncube and Nomathemba Ndlovu.
In the Senate, Siphiwe Ncube, Gideon Shoko, Helen Zivira, Keresencia Chabuka, Tapfumaneyi Wunganayi, Herbert Sinampande, Meliwe Phuti and Lilian Timveous will be replaced.
ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba has invited voters with objections to lodge them with her office before the nominations are confirmed.
Part of Chigumba’s notice as published by The Herald reads:
Any voter wishing to object to the nominations of the members may lodge them in writing with the Chief Elections Officer, at Mahachi Quantum Building, corner Kaguvi Street and Jason Moyo Avenue, Harare or post them to Private Bag 7782, Causeway within a period of 14 days from the date of publication of this notice, setting forth the reason(s) for the objection(s)
Khupe started recalling legislators elected on the MDC Alliance ticket following a Supreme Court ruling which restored the 2014 status quo in the MDC-T.