Speaker of Parliament denies belonging to any faction

Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda has denied that he is involved in the factional politics of Zanu PF. There has been speculation that Mudenda is aligned to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Team Lacoste Faction. Addressing journalists at a press conference on Wednesday, Mudenda said:

Factions! I don’t know who assessed me. When you are a presiding officer you are not guided by that at all. We have to be neutral

That is why we two here (him and senate president Edna Madzongwe) don’t even attend the political caucuses so that we are not influenced by what the political parties are thinking about on what to debate.

Secondly, we are not Members of Parliament. We don’t have constituencies; so, we remain in neutral gear. What you have heard are perceptions

Those factions exist in the political context, outside there. What I cannot hide is that my speakership was sponsored by the ruling party, and I belong there.

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Team Lacoste, which unofficially gets its name from the Lacoste clothing label and even uses its crocodile symbol is a group of Zanu PF politicians in Zimbabwe who, from 2015, were believed to be working to ensure that one of the Vice Presidents of Zimbabwe,... Read More About Lacoste Faction

Jacob Francis Mudenda is a Zimbabwean politician who is a member of the Zanu-PF party. He was elected to be the Speaker of Parliament after the 31st July 2013 elections in which his party, the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF), then led... Read More About Jacob Mudenda

Edna Madzongwe was born on 11 July 1943, is a Zimbabwean politician and member of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF). Madzongwe was part of Grace Mugabe's entourage during her "Meet the People" rallies . She was also among those who were eyeing the... Read More About Edna Madzongwe


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