Kucaca Phulu
Kucaca Phulu Biography
BornKucaca Ivumile Phulu
Known forBeing a lawyer and politician
Political partyCitizens' Coalition for Change

Kucaca Ivumile Phulu is a Zimbabwean lawyer and politician. As a politician, Phulu is a member of the Citizens' Coalition for Change (CCC).

See Zimbabwe By-elections (March 2022).

Background

Phulu is a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.[1]

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws Honours Degree from the University of Zimbabwe
  • LLM in International Economic Law from the University of South Africa. [2]

Career

Senior Partner of Phulu and Ncube Vundhla - Phulu Legal Practitioners and a partner at Coghlan and Welsh. He served as the Regional Programmes Manager and Litigator at Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. [3] He also served as the Chairman of Zimrights (Zimbabwe Human Rights Association)and Bulawayo Agenda. [2]

Politics

In 2013, Kucaca Phulu and academic Mandla Nyathi were the two candidates shortlisted for the post of mayor of the city of Bulawayo. This was despite the directive by the Local Government, Rural and Urban Development that mayors could only be chosen from the councillors. [4]

In November 2016, Kucaca Phulu was elected Vice President of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) following the defection of Samuel Sipepa who joined the Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) led by Joice Mujuru. [5]

In the 2018 elections, Phulu contested for the Nkulumane Parliamentary seat as a member of the MDC Alliance. He won the election. On 17 March 2021, Kucaca Phulu and five others were recalled from Parliament after the People's Democratic Party (PDP) announced that they were no longer members of the party.

Speaker of Parliament Advocate Jacob Mudenda made the announcement after receiving the notice from the Secretary-General of the PDP Benjamin Rukanda.

Other recalled Members of Parliament included Willias Madzimure MP for Kambuzuma, Settlement Chikwinya MP for Mbizo, Tendai Biti, Member of Parliament for Pumula Constituency Sichelesile Mahlangu and Regai Tsunga MP for Mutasa South.

In October 2021, High Court judge Justice Mafusire ordered the reinstatement of the six former opposition Members of the National Assembly. [6]

On 26 January 2022, High Court judge Justice Never Katiyo cancelled Justice Tawanda Chitapi's ruling stopping by-elections in six constituencies that allowed Phulu and his colleagues to return to Parliament without being subjected to an election. On 25 January 2022, Chitapi had ruled that the recall of Kucaca Ivumile Phulu and five others was illegal.

But another High Court judge Justice Never Katiyo issued a provisional order directing the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to reopen nominations for the six constituencies. The ruling by Katiyo came after one Paul Rukanda, claiming to be PDP secretary-general, filed an urgent chamber application challenging Chitapi's ruling. [7]

Phulu and his colleagues filed their nomination papers for March 26 parliamentary by-elections. [8]

In the Zimbabwe By-elections (March 2022), Nkulumame Constituency elected CCC’s Kucaca Ivumile Phulu with 2760 votes, thereby retaining the seat he won in 2018. Other results were David Ndlovu of Zanu PF polled 1900 votes, Gideon Mangena of MDC A 150 votes, Gegory Ncube of RPZ 45votes, and Dumisani Tokwido of DOP 18 votes. [9]

Death Threat

On 22 August 2007, a person calling himself Moyo from the office of the Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) called Kucaca Phulu’s office and spoke to the receptionist. This person said that Phulu had been seen with one of his clients who was charged for “armed robbery” and wanted for arrest. He then threatened Phulu with harm for representing him and said that if his client could not be found, Phulu would be “killed” in his place. [10]

References

  1. Kucaca Ivumile Phulu, Twitter, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: February 23, 2022
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kucaca Phulu, blogger.com, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: February 23, 2022
  3. Phulu, LinkedIn, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: February 23, 2022
  4. MDC-T shortlists two for Byo Mayor, The Zimbabwean, Published: August 20, 2013, Retrieved: February 23, 2022
  5. Lawyer Kucaca Phulu elected VP of Tendai Biti’s PDP party, Nehanda Radio, Published: November 26, 2016, Retrieved: February 23, 2022
  6. COURT WATCH 19-2021 - High Court Revokes Recall of Opposition MPs, Veritas, Published: October 6, 2021, Retrieved: February 23, 2022
  7. MOSES MATENGA/EVANS MATHANDA, High Court reverses Biti, 5 others Parly bounce-back, NewsDay, Published: January 27, 2022, Retrieved: February 23, 2022
  8. Anna Chibamu and Bulawayo Correspondent, Biti, 5 Other Recalled MPs File Nomination Papers For March By-Election, NewZimbabwe.com, Published: January 29, 2022, Retrieved: February 23, 2022
  9. National assembly & Council By-election results, ZBC News, Published: March 2022, Retrieved: March 2022
  10. Death threats against Mr. Kucaca Phulu, OMCT, Published: August 23, 2007, Retrieved: February 23, 2022