Former Zimbabwean ambassador to the United Nations Fraderick Shava has been appointed to the Senate representing the Midlands Province, replacing ex-Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Sibusiso Moyo who died in January this year.
The appointment was announced by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba in General Notice 225 of 2021 of the Electoral Act on Friday.
President Mnangagwa appointed Shava as Foreign Affairs minister on February 8 following Moyo’s death due to COVID-19 complications.
“The public is hereby notified, in terms of section 39(6) of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13], that the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) party has nominated Frederick Makamure Shava, a registered voter in Ward 2 of Gweru Municipality, of Plot No. 4, Umsungwe Road, Harben Park, Gweru and Dorothy Mabika a registered voter in Ward 8 of Chipinge Central of 34, Main Street, Chipinge Town Council, to fill the vacancies in the Senate that occurred following the death of the incumbent Members of the Senate Subusiso Busi Moyo and Ellen Gwaradzimba, respectively.
“Any voter wishing to object to the nomination of Frederick Makamure Shava and Dorothy Mabika may lodge them, in writing, with the Chief Elections Officer, at Mahachi Quantum Building, corner Kaguvi Street and Jason Moyo Avenue, Harare, or post them to Private Bag 7782, Causeway, within a period of 14 days from the date of publication of this notice, setting forth the reasons for the objections.”
President Mnangagwa replaced Gwaradzimba with Chimanimani West Nokuthula Matsikenyeri as the Resident Minister for Manicaland Province.
ZEC chief elections officer, Utloile Silaigwana had also posted a General Notice 224 of 2021 under the Electoral Act notice of vacancies in the Upper House.
These followed the death of Gwaradzimba on January 15 and Moyo on January 20 and both Zanu-PF members were declared national heroes and interred at the National Heroes Acre.
MDC Alliance Senator Christine Rambanepasi from Manicaland also died on January 3 this year although her party has not nominated a replacement.