By A Correspondent- The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Friday gazetted the nomination of Dr. Frederick Shava and Dorothy Mabika to replace the late Dr. Sibusiso Moyo and Dr. Ellen Gwaradzimba respectively as Senators.
This came after the ruling Zanu-PF had submitted their names to the electoral management body.
Shava who is currently Zimbabwe’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations could not take the oath of office of Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as his appointment had to be regularised in terms of the Constitution.
In a notice published in a Government Gazette yesterday, ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba said:
Notice of Nomination to Fill Vacancies in the Senate. The public is hereby notified, in terms of section 39(6) of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13], that the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) party has nominated Frederick Makamure Shava registered voter in Ward 2 of Gweru Municipality, of Plot No. 4, Umsungwe Road, Harben Park, Gweru, and Dorothy Mabika a registered voter in Ward 8 of Chipinge Central of 34, Main Street, Chipinge Town Council, to fill the vacancies in the Senate that occurred following the death of the incumbent Members of the Senate Subusiso Busi Moyo and Ellen Gwaradzimba, respectively.
Any voter wishing to object to the nomination of Frederick Makamure Shava and Dorothy Mabika may lodge them, in writing, with the Chief Elections Officer, at Mahachi Quantum Building, corner Kaguvi Street and Jason Moyo Avenue, Harare, or post them to Private Bag 7782, Causeway, within a period of 14 days from the date of publication of this notice, setting forth the reasons for the objections.
Shava’s appointment sparked controversy with some saying he was unfit for the post considering his involvement in the Willowgate scandal that drained the state of thousands of dollars.