Zanu PF politburo member and former Matabeleland North governor Jacob Mudenda has resigned from law firm T Hara and Partners, raising speculation he may soon give up his post in the former ruling party politburo to take up his position in the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission.
“Mudenda tendered his resignation on Tuesday but it is with effect from Friday.
“There will be a small farewell party that the law firm has organised for him on Friday,” said a source within the company.
In his resignation letter, Mudenda reportedly donated office chairs he had personally brought upon joining the law firm, as a token of appreciation for the good working relations he enjoyed with his partners.
The law firm sources said Mudenda wanted to resign to prepare himself for his new post in the Human Rights Commission but others speculated he wanted to open a law firm with his daughter.
Contacted for comment Mudenda confirmed the resignation but would not give any further details.
“It is correct that I have resigned. I tendered my resignation after sitting down and discussing with my partners,” said Mudenda.
“That is all I can tell you. There is nothing I am going to say beyond this.”
Human Rights commissioners are required by law to relinquish any post they may hold in any political party. Mudenda is currently a committee member in the Zanu PF politburo.
In a recent interview, fellow member of the commission and former Bulawayo mayor Japhet Ndabeni Ncube said the enabling Bill of the commission was in the offing and waiting to be passed in Parliament.
He said the Bill should have been passed before the Christmas holidays but that had not happened and it was now likely to be passed early this year. Ncube said after being passed by Parliament the programmes of the commission would immediately be activated.
Ncube reiterated a person who will be in the Human Rights Commission could not hold a political position.
“They have to relinquish whatever political post they hold in any party. It is a very non-political organ.
It has to be independent from anyone or any political party. No party or person should influence the running of the organ. The organ will only be answerable to Parliament,” Ncube said.
President Robert Mugabe swore in the eight members of the commission in April last year.
The commission is chaired by lawyer, former Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Zimbabwe and head of Commonwealth Secretariat’s Constitutional and Legal Affairs Division, Professor Reg Austin, who is deputised by University of Zimbabwe (UZ) lecturer in the faculty of law Dr Ellen Sithole.
Other members include lecturer at the UZ Institute of Development Studies, Agrarian and Labour Studies Dr Kwanele Jirira, UZ Political Science lecturer Joseph Kurebwa, lawyer and former Chief Immigration Officer in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Elasto Mugwadi, social worker and Institute of Water and Sanitation Development executive director Nomathemba Neseni.