CONSTITUTION WATCH 07-2015

CONSTITUTION WATCH 7/2015

[2nd June 2015]

Public Interviews of Candidates for Appointment to

Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission and Zimbabwe Media Commission

Parliament’s Committee on Standing Rules and Orders has invited interested members of the general public, diplomats accredited to Zimbabwe and all civic society organisations to come and witness the public interviews of the candidates shortlisted for appointment to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission and the Zimbabwe Media Commission.  This development follows the Committee's second call for nominations of candidates from the general public in November last year.  The first call was in April 2014.

The Interviews: when and where?

The interview programme allots each candidate a 20-minute slot.  The interviews will be held over two days, as follows:

Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission

Today, Tuesday 2nd June, from 10 am to 7.10 pm

Senate Chamber, Parliament

Zimbabwe Media Commission

Tomorrow, Wednesday 3rd June, from 10 am to 6.50 pm

Senate Chamber, Parliament

Entry to Parliament Persons wishing to attend should have an identity document with them and use the Kwame Nkrumah Avenue entrance to Parliament.  Co-operation with Parliamentary officials is expected, and individuals refusing to follow orders may be ejected from the public gallery.

For more information on the interviews please contact Parliamentary officials Mr A Malunga and Mr H Chingoma, on Harare telephone number (04) 700181-9 of by email to tmalunga@parlzim.gov.zw or chingomah@parlzim.gov.zw

The candidates

Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission

There are 26 candidates, 7 women and 29 men.  They include former chairperson Mr Denford Chirindo and former members Mr Emmanuel Chimwanda and Mr Shepard Gwasira.

The Commission’s chair has been vacant since the end of August 2014.  The 8 places for Commission members have been vacant since the end of December 2013. 

As there are 8 vacancies for Commission members, to be appointed by the President from a list of at least 12 names submitted to the him by the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders,  the Committee must come up with at least 12 recommended candidates from the 26 hopefuls. 

The Committee’s chairperson is appointed by the President after consultation with the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders.

Zimbabwe Media Commission

There are 24 candidates, 7 women and 17 men.  The include the former chairperson, Mr Godfrey Majonga, and former members Mr Chris Mhike, Mr Henry Muradzikwa and Mr Matthew Takaona. 

The Commission’s chair and the 8 vacant places for Commission members have been vacant since March 2015.

As there are 8 vacancies for Commission members, to be appointed by the President from a list of at least 12 names submitted to the him by the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders, the Committee must come up with at least 12 recommended candidates from the 24 hopefuls. 

As is the case for the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Media Commission’s chairperson is appointed by the President after consultation with the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders.

Gender balance in Commission membership

The following provisions of the Constitution are relevant to gender balance in the membership of these Commissions:

- section 17(1)(b)(ii), which envisages that women will constitute at least half the membership of all Commissions;

- section 319(4), which states that where a Commission has a chairperson and a deputy chairperson, they must be of different genders.

 

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