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Zimbabwe Minister Moyo’s Ouster Leaves Legal Minds Spinning

  • Tatenda Gumbo

'Ousted' Information Minister Jonathan Moyo.

'Ousted' Information Minister Jonathan Moyo.

The reported ousting of Zimbabwe’s Information Minister Johnathan Moyo from his ministerial post Tuesday, has left legal minds rolling over what is being called a “temporary technicality”.

President Robert Mugabe appointed Moyo as a non-constituency lawmaker in 2013 under the constitution’s Section 104 sub-sections 3, which says up to five ministers or deputy ministers can be chosen from outside parliament for their professional skills and competence.

The confusion was brought on by Moyo’s recent victory in Tsholotsho which makes him now an elected Member of Parliament.

For perspective reporter Tatenda Gumbo spoke to constitutional expert and law lecturer Alex Magaisa of Kent University in Britain and Professor Welshman Ncube constitutional law expert and leader of another faction of the Movement for Democratic Change.

Ncube says it would be useful to have clarity from government on the move for a proper legal analysis.