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PETITION: Remove Wadyajena from Parliamentary committee

21 Jul 2022 at 11:56hrs | Views
Justice Mayor Wadyajena is currently under investigation by law enforcement authorities in the country.

It is only fair and prudent that Justice Mayor Wadyajena steps aside from the Portfolio committee he chairs as the issues under investigation involve the parliamentary portfolio committee which he chairs.

The Committee on Standing Rules and Orders (CSRO) which was appointed under Section 151 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe is the policy making body at Parliament. It is mandated to consider all such matters concerning Parliament, as it deems fit. Such matters include inter-alia, appointment of Members to serve on Committees, appointment of Committee Chairpersons, determining the conditions of service of staff of Parliament and appointment of staff of Parliament.

This committee should sit immediately and discuss Wadyajena's locus standi as Chairman of the Parliamentary Portfolio committee on Agriculture.

Wadyajena is being investigated in relation to Cottco issues which falls under the Ministry of Agriculture which he has oversight on as portfolio committee chairman.

It is unjust , biased and it will affect the outcome and independence of the investigation if Mayor remains as portfolio committee chair. His continued occupation of that position while under investigation will prejudice the state and the anti corruption fight which he claims to champion.

We therefore petition and ask the Speaker of the National Assembly(Chairperson), President of the Senate(Deputy Chairperson), Deputy Speaker, Deputy President of the Senate, Minister of Finance and two other Ministers appointed by the President, the Leader of Government Business, the Leader of the Opposition, Chief Whips of all parties represented in Parliament, the President of the National Council of Chiefs, eight members elected by Parliament, four from each House and two members appointed by the Speaker of the National Assembly and the President of the Senate who make up the Committee on Standing rules to deliberate on this matter and ensure that Justice Mayor Wadyajena is suspended from the committee chairmanship until his name has been cleared.

Mgcini Ncube
Agenda for Development and Empowerment (ADE)

Source - Mgcini Ncube
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