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PAP Presidency: Egypt, Tanzania pledge support for Hon. Chief Charumbira

Hon. Chief Charumbira with Speaker, Senate President and Egypt's PAP delegation

Egypt’s Parliament has endorsed the candidacy of Hon. Chief Fortune Charumbira for the presidency of the Pan African Parliament (PAP).

Speaker of Egypt's Parliament  pledged the support of his country’s delegation to thr Pan African Parliament (PAP) when a delegation visited Egypt on Tuesday. He noted only the Northern and Southern regions that were yet to produce the occupant of the office of PAP President and advised the other regions to embrace rotation as a way of ensuring a united continental parliamentary body.

 In a related development, the Parliament of Tanzania has thrown its weight behind Hon. Chief Fortune Zephania Charumbira's bid for PAP Presidency.

Speaking on Tuesday while receiving a lobbying mission for Hon Charumbira, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Dr. Tulia Ackson said Parliament of Tanzania is fully briefed of the Southern African Regional Caucus' candidate and assured support.

She highlighted that Tanzania was yet to elect PAP Members but the process was going to be fast tracked in the build up to the elective session of the PAP to allow the MPs to be present and vote for Chief Charumbira.

“The Speaker of the Parliament of Tanzania Hon. Job Ndugai has directed that the MPs vote for Chief Charumbira and once elected they will be briefed accordingly", she said.

Speaking during the courtesy call, ZANU PF Chief Whip and PAP MP Hon. Pupurai Togarepi gave a historical overview of the relationship that exists between Zimbabwe and Tanzania dating back to the liberation struggle.

"For Zimbabwe to be there, it is because of the unflinching support rendered to Zimbabwe by Tanzania", he said.

He described Hon. Chief Charumbira as the game changer in as far as the running of the PAP is concerned and emphasized the need to respect the AU principle of rotation to allow a contest between the Northern and Southern Regions who are yet to be at the helm of the PAP Bureau.

"The North has allowed the Southern region to go for the Presidency this time around", he added. It is hoped that Tanzania will leverage on her position in the Eastern Caucus and canvas for support in favour of Hon. Chief F. Z. Charumbira.


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