COMMISSIONS WATCH 10/2020
ZIMBABWE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
[30th June 2020]
Public Interviews of Candidates for Human Rights Commission Vacancies:
FRIDAY 3rd JULY 2020
Parliament’s Committee on Standing Rules and Orders [CSRO] has published the self-explanatory notice set out below. It notifies the holding of the public interviews to be conducted on Friday 3rd July of candidates to fill four vacancies on the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission. The vacancies exist because the terms of office of four Commission members expired in early May. The twenty-two candidates named in the notice are those shortlisted by the CSRO from the candidates nominated by the public [see Commissions Watch 2/2020 [link] on the CSRO’s invitation to the public to submit nominations].
Note: The four members whose terms of office expired in May were all founder members of the Commission: Deputy Chairperson Dr Ellen Sithole, Mr Japhet Ndabeni-Ncube, Ms Kwanele Muriel Jirira and Dr Joseph Kurebwa. They had served the maximum two terms of office allowed them by the Constitution.
The interviews will run from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm this Friday 3rd July in the Senate Chamber at Parliament. Each candidate will have 20 minutes, as indicated in the list of candidates in the CSRO Notice. Public attendance will necessarily be limited by the need to observe COVID-19 restrictions – but the public can follow the proceedings from home or office on social media platforms ZOOM, Twitter, Facebook livestreaming etc [details in the notice below].
THE CSRO NOTICE
NAMES OF CANDIDATES SHORTLISTED FOR THE
ZIMBABWE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION INTERVIEWS
The Committee on Standing Rules and Orders (CSRO) is mandated in terms of Sections 237 and 243 of the Constitution, to nominate candidates for possible appointment by His Excellency, the President, to serve on the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission as provided for in Chapter 13 Part 5 of the Constitution.
The CSRO was advised of four (4) vacancies in the said Commission which were going to occur on the expiry of their term of office, In line with the aforesaid mandate, an advertisement was placed in the national newspapers on the 14th February, 2020 requesting the public to nominate persons for possible appointment with a view to filling the said vacant posts. The nomination process closed on the 13th March, 2020. The interviews could however not be held earlier due to the lockdown occasioned by the COVID19 pandemic.
The following twenty-three (23) out of the thirty-two (32) nominated candidates were shortlisted for interviews to be held on the Friday, 3rd July, 2020 in the Senate Chamber, at Parliament Building, corner Third Street and Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, Harare as appended below:
Name of Candidate
Interview Time Slot
1. DUBE Ernest, Dr.
2. DUBE-MAZHALE, Maretha, Ms.
3. DZIVA Cowen, Mr.
4. GUDO, Michelle Chic, Ms.
5. GUMBO, Jemina, Ms.
6. GUVAMOMBE, Angeline, Dr.
7. KAJESE, Beauty, Mrs.
8. MACHISA, Okay, Mr.
9. MANDAZA, Mclarence, S. Dr.
10. MANYENDE, Paradzai, Mr.
11. MASVORA, Yvonne, Ms.
12. MATURURE, Simbarashe, Mr.
13. MGUGU, Abigael. T. Ms.
LUNCH BREAK : 13:20 – 14:00
14. MOYO, Admark. Dr.
15. MOYO, Mandlenkosi Dr.
16. MOYO, Philani, Professor
17. MOYO, Stanley, Mr.
18. MOYO-NGWENYA, Dorothy, Mrs.
19. MUCHECHETERE, Anouya. A. Rev.
20. MUCHECHETERE, Catherine, Dr.
21. MUPUWI, Abraham, Mr.
22. PENDUKA, Brian, Mr.
All the above listed candidates are advised to be seated in the National Assembly Chamber, Parliament Building by 08:00hrs. Candidates who are not in the Chamber by the commencement of interviews will be disqualified. They must be wearing facemasks and shall be expected to adhere to all COVID19 protocols as directed by the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
Members of the public are advised that due to the COVID 19 restrictions only a limited number of Members of the public will be allowed into the gallery to witness these interviews. In this regard, Members of the public can follow the day’s proceedings from home through the following social media platforms: ZOOM, Twitter, Facebook Live streaming, etc. Links to these platforms can be obtained by visiting our website www.parliament.gov.zw. We sincerely apologise to our valued stakeholders for having to take this route as we thrive to prevent and minimize the spread of the corona virus.
The CSRO would like to thank all those who responded to our public nomination advert. In addition, Parliament also wants to thank all those who accepted the public nomination to serve on this Commission as we thrive to make our democracy work.
GOD BLESS ZIMBABWE.
What Must Happen after the Interviews?
Sections 237(1)(d) and (e) and 242(1)(b) of the Constitution spell out what must happen after the CSRO has conducted the interviews. It must then prepare a list of nominees for appointment, and then submit the list to the President.
The list must contain at least six nominees – “at least six” because section 242(1)(b) would require at least twelve nominees if there were eight vacancies to be filled.
The President must choose his four appointees from the list submitted. His choice is restricted to the persons on the list; there is no provision allowing the President to request the CSRO to compile a fresh list.
More Public Interviews Coming on Friday 10th July
for Media Commission and Gender Commission Vacancies
On Friday 10th July 2020 the CSRO will be conducted public interviews of candidates to fill vacancies on the Zimbabwe Media Commission [eight vacancies] and the Zimbabwe Gender Commission [one vacancy]. These interviews are being covered in separate Veritas bulletins which include lists of the candidates to be interviewed.