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Hwende returning home

By Staff Reporter

Kuwadzana East legislator Chalton Hwende says he is now ready to return home from Namibia where he has been based since January this year.

Hwende went to Namibia during the time of the shutdown and it was reported that he was seeking asylum following a crackdown on opposition legislators by the government.

Writing on his micro-blogging site Twitter, Hwende who has missed the blast 9 Parliamentary sittings said he is coming back to continue his Parliamentary duties where he is also chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on ICT.

“Happy that I have now finalised my treatment in Namibia and my medical team is satisfied that I can now go home.

“I am now preparing to come back to resume my Parliamentary duties when Parliament resumes this week,” he said.

If Hwende does not return home soon he risks losing his Kuwadzana East Parliamentary seat. According to the law if a Parliamentarian misses 21 consecutive sittings their seat becomes vacant.

The Kuwadzana East legislator added that he has only missed 9 House-sittings that his constituency was well aware of his situation and condition.

“Parliament only sat for 9 days in my absence and my constituency was well aware of my situation,” Hwende said.

MDC Alliance information department had also previously highlighted that Hwende was not on the run and that he had nothing to do with the disturbances of 14 January.

And in an earlier interview MDC Alliance spokesperson Jacob Mafume said Hwende is not running away from any crime and he was not in the country when the shutdown took place.

“Hwende has been out of the country attending to personal business because his family is in Namibia, and he left the country on December 19, 2018, with a return ticket to Harare for early March and has not been running away for anything,” said Mafume.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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