Binga RDC boss gives up Zanu-PF post
Auxilia Katongomara, Chronicle Reporter
UNDERFIRE Binga Rural District Council chief executive officer, Cde Joshua Muzamba, has relinquished his position in the Zanu- PF Central Committee following a Supreme Court ruling ruled that it is unconstitutional for him to occupy the two posts.
The court, in August ruled that Cde Muzamba must either resign as a Zanu-PF Central Committee member or quit being Binga RDC chief executive officer as he cannot occupy both positions at the same time.
In a letter dated October 23, Cde Muzamba, through his lawyers Dube-Banda Nzarayapenga and Partners, notified the Registrar of the Supreme Court of his resignation as a Zanu-PF central committee member.
Cde Muzamba attached a letter of resignation from his party position addressed to Zanu-PF Secretary of Administration Cde Obert Mpofu citing the ruling by the Supreme Court.
“You will note that from Paragraph 2 (iii) of the order that I was granted an option to either relinquish my position as a member of the Central Committee of Zanu-PF or in the alternative I resign from my position as Binga Rural District Council’s chief executive officer which election shall be put into effect within three months of the date of the court order,” read part of the letter.
He said his decision was motivated by the need to follow the court order.
“In pursuance of the court order, I have made a decision to relinquish my membership of the Zanu-PF Central committee with effect from 25 October 2018.
My decision is motivated by the need to comply with the Supreme Court order. By copy of this letter I relinquish my membership of the Zanu-PF Central Committee from the 25th of October 2018.
“It has been a great honour to have been accorded the opportunity to serve my party in that capacity by His Excellency, the President and First Secretary of the party,” said Cde Muzamba in the letter.
The letter was also copied to the party Secretary for Legal Affairs, Cde Paul Mangwana and Matabeleland North provincial chair, Cde Richard Moyo.
Cde Muzamba was dragged to court by the MP for Binga North Mr Prince Dubeko Sibanda who wanted him to relinquish his council position on grounds that he was a Zanu-PF Central Committee member.
Justice Anne-Mary Gowora, who was sitting with Justices Ben Hlatshwayo and Lavender Makoni during a Supreme Court circuit, said Cde Muzamba, having assumed a political office, is barred in terms of section 266 (3) of the constitution from maintaining employment in whatever capacity with Binga RDC.
“The first respondent (Cde Muzamba) is granted an option to either relinquish his position as a member of the Zanu-PF Central Committee or in the alternative to resign from his position as Binga RDC chief executive officer within three months of the date of this order,” ruled the judge.—@AuxiliaK