By Buhle Tshavango
Hon Jessie Majome was recently relieved of her duties as chairperson for the Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee a position now taken by rival party member Hon Ziyambi Ziyambi , the question is can the latter fill in the gaps left by the former MP .
During her tenure as committee chair these two MPs had divergent opinions , late last year Open Parly ZW reported an incident where Hon Ziyambi disrupted a public hearing where Majome was chair, the petition was on the Elections Resource Centre Petition on electoral reforms .
The role played by the Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee is a crucial especially at such a time where elections are being prepared for as it looks at the upholding of human rights , the electoral processes and other judicial processes. The ousting of Hon Majome who has been a strong voice for electoral reforms has left questions on whether the new chair will not outdo work done over four years.
During her tenure Hon Majome lobbied government to comply with section 305(3) of the Constitution and give Independent Commissions independent allocation from national budget, while this was achieved these commissions are underfunded and their credibility questionable. Hon Majome had been continually advocating against this gross underfunding especially for commissions like the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission whose mandate should never be constrained.
Hon Majome also saw to it that Parliament’s budget be submitted to the Justice , Legal and Parliamentary committee for debate as per section 325 (2) .Through social media she continues to keep residents informed on parliamentary processes igniting public participation.
Enter Ziyambi Ziyambi …
Hon Ziyambi was elected as the Member of Parliament for Zvimba West Constituency in the 2013 elections , a few months later he was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs.
Every politician has skeletons in the closet and Ziyambi comes with his fair share , having been suspended from his party over ‘treachery and misconduct ‘ , he has also been labelled a Mliswa sympathiser.
Taking over from the vocal Majome who has had her own share lows , comes at a time when his committee has a lot of work to do towards the 2018 harmonised elections.
The ousting of Majome comes after splits in the MDC party , splits that come at a crucial time of elections.