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Clans and families take over senate

Ray Matikinye

THE re-establishment of a bicameral legislature disowned by the bulk of the electorate and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has brought about a familial dimension to Zimbabwe

‘s parliament.

The upper house has broken a tradition set by the prime minister-elect, Robert Mugabe, who brought pressure to bear on his colleagues not to nominate his late wife, Sally, as a candidate in the first popular election in 1980.

But that did not deter the former guerilla leader from giving his sister Sabina the nod to stand for Zvimba, her home area.

The Zvimba South legislator, who sits in the lower house alongside her elder son Leo Mugabe and his sibling Patrick Zhuwao, are the MPs for Makonde and Manyame respectively.

Zhuwao is Science and Technology Development deputy minister.

Another set of brothers, Simbarashe and Samuel Mumbengegwi, both hold ministerial posts while two ministers have their spouses occupy the red benches in the senate.

Home Affairs minister Kembo Mohadi has his wife Tambudzani sitting in the upper house while Youth Development and Employment Creation minister Ambrose Mutinhiri will share legislative moments with wife Tracy.

Tracy Mutinhiri is legislator for Marondera-Seke senatorial constituency that comprises Marondera East, Marondera West and Seke parliamentary constituencies.

She therefore represents 150 684 voters as opposed to her spouse who represents only 51 437 voters in Marondera West.

Mutinhiri only surpasses his wife when it comes to boasting a ministerial post.

On the other hand, Tambudzani Mohadi shares the same constituency in Beitbridge with spouse Kembo. The couple represents the same 52 697 voters as Beitbridge was not affected by the arbitrary collapsing of constituencies as were others to form electoral boundaries for the senate.

The Mohadis’ constituency constitutes the smallest area, thus holding the record as the most over-represented by husband and wife.

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