News:Kereke Expelled From Parliament Following Arrest. President To be Informed Of Expulsion
<vote /> National Assembly Deputy Speaker Mabel Chinomona announced that Munyaradzi Kereke had been expelled from Parliament after he was sentenced to an effective 10-year jail term following his conviction of raping his 11-year-old niece.
Chinomona said the ejection of Kereke from the National Assembly was in terms of Section 129 of the Constitution which reads;
The seat of a Member of Parliament becomes vacant if the Member is convicted (i) in Zimbabwe of an offence of which breach of trust, dishonest or physical violence is an essential element, (ii) or outside Zimbabwe of conduct which, if committed in Zimbabwe, would be an offence of which breach of trust, dishonest or physical violence is an essential element and sentenced to imprisonment for six months or more without the option of a fine or without the option of any other custodial punishment, unless on appeal, the Member’s conviction is set aside or the sentence of imprisonment is reduced to less than six months or a punishment other than imprisonment is substituted.
Chinomona said that the President will be informed of the expulsion,
Accordingly, necessary administrative measures will be taken to inform His Excellence President Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission of the existence of the vacancy in terms of the Electoral Act
The expulsion of Kereke means that there would be a by-election in Bikita West constituency.
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