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MDC's Japhet Ndabeni-Ncube leaves Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission

Former Executive Mayor of the City of Bulawayo Japhet Ndabeni-Ncube has exited the Human Rights Commission after Commissioner after his term as a Commissioner expired on 7 May 2020.

The Commission issued a statement advising the public that parliament will commence the procedures of appointing new Commissioners.

Commissioner Ndabeni-Ncube obtained a B.A Honours Degree (Economics and Politics) from Lancaster University (1971) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Economics (1973) at the University of Wales, Bango. During the period 1973 -1977 he was seconded to the Government of Jamaica – West Indies, where he was first attached to the Ministry of Finance and Commerce as Assistant Director before moving to the Prime Minister's Office.

Read the full statement from the commission below:

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) wishes to notify all its valued partners and stakeholders of the retirement of four Commissioners namely: Commissioners (Dr) Ellen Sithole (former Deputy Chairperson), Dr Joseph Kurebwa, Kwanele M. Jirira and Japhet Ndabeni-Ncube, with effect from the 7th May 2020.

Before the retirement of the four Commissioners, there was already a vacancy after the resignation of Commissioner Carrol T. Khombe on the 3oth of October 2018.

The ZHRC is left with only four Commissioners, out of a full complement of nine Commissioners. The remaining four Commissioners do not constitute a quorum, which is supposed to be five.

This means that as of now the ZHRC cannot hold Commission meetings for purposes of making policy resolutions or adoption of monitoring and investigation reports.

This handicap prevents the dissemination of ‘unadopted' Commission reports which are being produced for activities that are currently taking place.

The reports which are being produced now are filed of record and will only be adopted by the Commission after new Commissioners have been appointed.

In the meantime, the Commission can only share statements which provide highlights of the activities being carried out.

Processes for recruitment of new Commissioners are currently underway. Parliament advertised the positions but interviews have not yet been conducted due to disruption of Parliament business by the national lockdown.

With the resumption of operations by Parliament, it is our hope that new Commissioners will be appointed without delay.

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