The race is on for the position of the Speaker of the House of Assembly following the announcement by the Clerk of Parliament that elections for the post will be held this Tuesday, the 29th of the March at 15.00hrs.
It will be the battle of the Moyos as Zanu-PFâ€™s Cde Simon Khaya Moyo and MDC-Tâ€˜s Lovemore Moyo, the two chairpersons of their respective parties, square off in a contest for the Speaker of the House of Assembly position.
This comes after the Supreme Courtâ€™s nullification of the election that ushered in Mr Lovemore Moyo as Speaker, on the basis that the August 25, 2008 election was not done secretly.
The Clerk of Parliament, Mr Austin Zvoma announced that in terms of Section 39 of the Constitution and Standing Order Number 3, he will state the circumstances surrounding the need to elect a Speaker.
Zanu-PF Chief Whip, Cde Joram Gumbo expressed confidence that his party will be victorious come Tuesday as they have done their ground work.
“We are very prepared, we have done our homework and we are confident that our national chairman, Ambassador Simon. K Moyo will emerge the winner,” he said.
On the other hand, MDC-T Chief Whip, Mr Innocent Gonese said his party is satisfied with the work that their candidate has done to ensure victory.
“We believe that all the members of our party will vote for our candidate,” Mr Gonese said.
Meanwhile, the Welshman Ncube led MDC formation has announced that it will stand behind Mr Lovemore Moyo.
MDC Secretary General, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga said her party has decided to take sides with MDC-T.
“We are going to urge our members to go in and vote for an MDC-T candidate,” she said.
Despite this coalition, Zanu-PF Secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Rugare Gumbo said his party is not surprised by such a move as the two parties have something in common, which is totally different from Zanu-PF.
â€œAs Zanu-PF, we have fielded an appropriate candidate in Cde Simon Khaya Moyo given his impeccable track record, so we are confident of victory despite this connivance by the two MDC formations,â€ Cde Gumbo said.
So the battle lines are drawn and the Clerk has assured legislators that the election will be conducted as required by the Constitution.
This includes voting in the privacy of a polling booth, showing the folded ballot paper to the presiding officer before depositing it in the ballot box.
Members are then required to immediately leave the voting chambers soon after casting their ballots.