Another CCC MP Rusty Markham resigns from parliament

By Staff Reporter

Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) legislator for Harare East Rusty Markham has resigned from parliament in solidarity with Nelson Chamisa, who recently quit as leader of the main opposition claiming his party had been infiltrated by the enemy.

In a statement his posted on social media platforms weekend, Markham claimed the democratic space in both the country and parliament has been shut down.

He wrote;

“Dear Residents and Stakeholders of Harare East.

For a long time now, I have been grappling with the issues pertaining to the shutdown of the democratic space in Zimbabwe. This has led to a lot of soul searching pertaining to the future.

Recent events within the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) party have pushed me to make the firm decision that I no longer represent the CCC in any form whatsoever. I believe that the party has been infiltrated to an extent that it does not represent what I stand for. 

The choreographed support by the Judiciary and the Zimbabwe Electoral commission to the self-appointed and unknown Interim Secretary General is a testament to how desperate the regime wants to shut down the democratic space.

I therefore reiterate that I cannot be and will not be associating with anything to do with the CCC from here on.

Further to the above, the democratic space in parliament has been shut down completely. Parliament has been rendered into a “tick the box” institution and has no oversight at all over the Executive (Ministries). stakeholders engagement on the budget was also a rubber stamp exercise.

After consultation with residents and hearing   both sides of the argument (to remain or to leave parliament), I have opted  to leave Parliament as my  conscience will not allow me to remain as a Member of Parliament. As a result, my resignation letter was handed in before noon on Friday the 2nd of February.

I would like to thank everyone who has supported me, and who has believed in me.  I assure you that I will continue working with the residents and stakeholders as I have in the past for the betterment of our communities and the country.

For the sake of clarity and the avoidance of doubt I stand firmly with Advocate Nelson Chamisa.”

Rusty Markham

Markham becomes the second sitting CCC lawmaker to dump parliament following Chamisa’s unceremonious exit from a party he formed.

Last week, Mount Pleasant MP Fadzayi Mahere quit parliament citing the same reasons.

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