COMMISSIONS WATCH 2/2023
[6th July 2023]
Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission [ZHRC]
Public Interviews of Candidates to Fill 3 Vacancies on ZHRC:
at Parliament on Thursday 13th July
The Committee on Standing Rules and Orders [CSRO] of Parliament will next Thursday, 13th July, conduct public interviews of 15 shortlisted candidates to serve on the ZHRC. This was announced in a public notice in newspapers and also on the Parliamentary website. The CSRO’s self-explanatory notice is reproduced in full at the end of this bulletin. It names the candidates, the times of their interviews and also important instructions for candidates.
The interviews are the next step in the procedure laid down in section 237(1) of the Constitution, which requires the CSRO to start the appointment process by publicly advertising any vacancies on the Commission and calling on the general public to submit nominations for its consideration. That was duly done by the CSRO earlier in the year, as notified in Commissions Watch 1/2023 [link].
The venue and date of the interviews must also be advertised to enable public attendance; that was the purpose of the notice by the CSRO in the press and on the Parliamentary website, which is reproduced in full below. According to the notice, the original notice calling for nominations from the public resulted in 55 nominations being received, of which 37 were men and 18 were women; the CSRO met on 1st June and shortlisted 15 of them to be interviewed; the 15 are all women, the members whose places they will be filling are all women.
Public Attendance at the Interviews
Members of the public wishing to observe the interviews should note the warning given in the CSRO notice about the limited space in the Senate’s public gallery and the alternative arrangements available for non-physical observation on Parliament’s social media platforms.
What Will Happen After the Interviews
After the interviews the CSRO must, in terms of section 237(1) prepare a list containing the appropriate number of suitable nominees for appointment by the President, giving the President at least a limited choice in selecting his appointees from the list.
The list must then be submitted the President. The President must select his appointees from the list.
TEXT OF CSRO NOTICE
ZIMBABWE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION (ZHRC) INTERVIEWS THURSDAY, 13th JULY 2023
The Committee on Standing Rules and Orders (CSRO) of the Parliament of Zimbabwe is mandated in terms of sections 237 and 242 of the Constitution, to nominate candidates for appointment by His Excellency, the President, to serve as Commissioners on the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) as provided for in Chapter 12 Part 3 of the Constitution.
In line with the said mandate, the CSRO called on the public to nominate persons to be considered for appointment to this Commission whose functions and person specifications are outlined under Section 243 of the Constitution. The nominations closed on 17 March 2023. Currently, there are two vacant posts of Commissioners and the third will fall vacant, after the 31st of July 2023, due to the expiry of the term of office.
The Parliament of Zimbabwe received fifty-five (55) nominations, thirty-seven (37) males and eighteen (18) females, by the closing date. The CSRO met on Thursday, the 1st of June 2023 to consider the nominees and shortlisted suitable candidates to serve on the Commission. Resultantly, the following fifteen (15) shortlisted candidates are hereby advised to attend public interviews on Thursday, the 13th of July 2023. The venue is the SENATE Chamber, Ground Floor, Parliament Building Corner Third Street and Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, Harare
ZIMBABWE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION FINAL SHORTLIST
PUBLIC INTERVIEW PROGRAMME
DATE OF INTERVIEW : THURSDAY 13 JULY 2023
STARTING TIME : 0900 HOURS
VENUE : SENATE CHAMBER, PARLIAMENT, CORNER KWAME NKRUMAH AVENUE AND THIRD STREET, HARARE
INTERVIEW TIME SLOT
DR. VONGAI BLESSING CHAKANYUKA
MRS. CAROLINE ANN CHIGUMIRA
MS. TENDAI DONDOFEMA
MRS. BRENDA HATINAHAMA
MRS. THOKOZILE KATSIDZIRA
DR. FAITH KURETE
MRS. LUCIA (nee CHINGWENYA) KUSENA
MRS. FERIDA MATAMBO
MRS. MELODY SIBUSISIWE MUSIMBE
MS. MARILYN MUTSHINA
MS. ELISA RAVENGAI
MRS. ADDELIS SUBITHA
MS. IRENE SITHOLE
DR. LINET SITHOLE
DR. JOYCE TSUNGAI ZIKHALI
All the above-listed candidates are advised to be seated in the National Assembly Chamber, Parliament Building by 0730 hours. Candidates who are not in the Chamber by the commencement of interviews will be disqualified. Mobile cell phones and other electronic gadgets such as laptops will be handed over to the Security department upon entering Parliament Building. Candidates are further reminded to bring with them valid documents such as national identity cards and valid passports for positive identification when entering Parliament Building.
Due to the limited capacity of the Senate Chamber public gallery, a limited number of members of the public will be accommodated in the gallery to witness these interviews. In this regard, interested stakeholders 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.