(Last Updated on January 12, 2021 by GERALD NCUBE)
HARARE – Senator Douglas Mwonzora, who was recently elected new MDC-T leader is set to initiate several changes within the structure of the opposition in parliament once he assumes the role of Leader of the Opposition.
Mwonzora who won the party’s presidency in a highly disputed extraordinary congress last month is set to take over the role of official leader of the opposition from Thokozani Khupe.
He is expected to take up the role when Parliament sittings resume next month
One key changes set to be seen is the removal of Ms Paulina Mpariwa from the role of Chief Whip following her appointment to being the party’s Secretary-General.
He is also set to make new appointments on the members from his party who will sit on the Parliament Standing Rules and Orders Committee.
Other changes also expected to be made include chairpersons of the Portfolio and Thematic Committees, Parliamentary Legal Committee among others.
However, contacted for a comment by The Chronicle on the issue, Mwonzora said they will not make changes that unnecessarily humiliate members but will seek to make a strong and effective caucus.
“We do not intend to make unnecessary changes that humiliate other people but we will try to have a Parliament party caucus that is strong, effective and efficient. When Parliament opens, I intend to take my two Vice Presidents Madam Khupe and Eng Mudzuri to have a discussion with Speaker of the National Assembly Adv Mudenda, who is Head of Parliament and will then make necessary announcements should the need arise,” Mwonzora told Chronicle.
Nelson Chamisa refused to take up the role of official Leader of Opposition citing unresolved legitimacy issues after the heavily contested 2018 Presidential election.