Regai Tsunga
Regai Tsunga Biography
Known forBeing a politician
Political partyCitizens' Coalition for Change

Regai Tsunga is a Zimbabwean politician and member of the Citizens' Coalition for Change (CCC) party.

Political Career

In the 2018 elections, Tsunga contested for the Mutasa South Parliamentary seat as a member of the MDC Alliance. He won the election. On 17 March 2021, Regai Tsunga 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 Kucaca Phulu MP for Nkulumane.

In October 2021, High Court judge Justice Mafusire ordered the reinstatement of the six former opposition Members of the National Assembly.[1]

On 26 January 2022, High Court judge Justice Never Katiyo cancelled Justice Tawanda Chitapi's ruling stopping by-elections in six constituencies that allowed Tsunga and his colleagues to return to Parliament without being subjected to an election.

On 25 January 2022, Chitapi had ruled that the recall of Regai Tsunga 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.[2]

Tsunga and his colleagues filed their nomination papers for March 26 parliamentary by-elections.[3]

Arrest (2020)

On 21 April 2020, Regai Tsunga was arrested by police in Palmerstone, Mutare while donating maize-meal to members in his constituency.

Tsunga confirmed the arrest, saying he was arrested while giving the residents maize-meal. He was taken to Mutare Central Police station where he paid a $500 fine for contravening Statutory Instrument 83 of 2020 which prohibits unnecessary movement during the national lockdown.

Questions were raised why Ellen Gwaradzimba was not arrested after she distributed rice in Sakubva high density.[4]

References

  1. COURT WATCH 19-2021 - High Court Revokes Recall of Opposition MPs, Veritas, Published: October 6, 2021, Retrieved: February 23, 2022
  2. MOSES MATENGA/EVANS MATHANDA, High Court reverses Biti, 5 others Parly bounce-back, NewsDay, Published: January 27, 2022, Retrieved: February 23, 2022
  3. 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
  4. MDC Mutasa South MP Arrested For Donating Mealie-Meal, NewZimbabwe.com, Published: April 22, 2020, Retrieved: February 23, 2022