By Staff Reporter
The leader of opposition in parliament, Dr Thokozani Khupe has changed the composition of parliament’s standing rules and orders committee, the speaker of parliament announced on Tuesday.
Announcing the changes, the Speaker of Parliament, Adv Jacob Mudenda said that following the resignation of Innocent Gonese sometime last year, the MDC-T has nominated Douglas Mwonzora to sit in the standing rules and orders committee.
Contacted for comment, Gonese confirmed that he had resigned from parliament’s standing rules and orders committee to pave way for Mwonzora at the instigation of Dr Khupe and Paurina Mpariwa.
“Sometime in November last year, the leader of opposition in the lower house and the chief whip asked me to resign from the standing rules and orders committee in order to pave way for Mwonzora. I duly complied since it was reasonable request as they said that they would prefer a senior deployee to sit in that committee.
“My term would have otherwise ended at the end of the 9th parliament and so for now I would be focusing all my energy on the portfolio committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary affairs,” said Gonese
On his part, Mwonzora confirmed that he was seconded to the SROC committee by the party last year as Parliament wanted someone with a legal background.
“Following the resignation of Innocent Gonese from the committee last year, I was seconded to the committee when I was still the secretary-general of the party.
“Parliament then accepted me in the committee through the announcement made by the Speaker of Parliament today.
“Otherwise, I was seconded to the committee last year,” he said.
The SROC is the most powerful organ which runs the affairs of Parliament and makes important decisions.
Since Thokozani Khupe who was declared the interim MDC acting president by the Supreme Court in April, she recalled 21 legislators believed to be rallying behind Chamisa.
Apart from legislators, Khupe also recalled close to 80 MDC councilors who pledged allegiance to Chamisa.