|Mangoma faces contempt charges|
|Wednesday, 04 July 2012 15:07|
Minister Mangoma refused to appear before a Senate Thematic Committee on Peace and Security on three occasions to explain issues regarding entities falling under his ministry.
“We have raised a complaint against Minister Mangoma after we invited him three times but he failed to turn up,” he said.
If he fails, they will approach Senate President Cde Edna Madzongwe to set up a Priviledges Committee that would conduct a hearing.Sen Mumvuri said their committee, which is due to meet today, would approach Cde Madzongwe during a sitting and lay out their grounds to show that a prima facie case against the minister exists. “We are meeting tomorrow as a committee to finalise the processes,” he said.
“Summons would be issued through the Clerk of Parliament compelling the minister to attend and if he fails, in terms of Standing Orders, we have no option but to use the necessary legal statutes available.”
Section 160 (a) of Senate Standing Orders provides as follows: “For the purpose of exercising and performing its functions, a committee shall have the power to summon any person to appear before it to give evidence on oath or affirmation.”
Schedule Two of the Privileges, Immunities and Powers of Parliament Act makes it an offence to “disobey any summons issued in terms of the Standing Orders.”
Parliament has in the past charged former Chimanimani MP, Mr Roy Bennett with contempt after he assaulted Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Cde Patrick Chinamasa in early 2000 during a debate in the House.
The complaint stemmed from what Mr Gwaradzimba was quoted as saying in a privately owned local daily which the committee said demeaned them.