MUTARE – Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has formally suspended Tatenda Nhamarare, the Mutare mayor-elect, and three councillors for allegedly colluding to vote for a deputy mayor from Zanu PF.
They are being charged with misconduct.
In a letter dated 30 September 2013 from Tendai Biti, the MDC secretary-general, the party suspended Nhamarare, councillors Farai Bhiza, Pamela Mutari, and Richard Mupfura.
The letter states that the four are being suspended for misconduct relating to council elections held in Mutare on September 16, 2013.
“Contrary to the party directive that Thomas Nyamupanedengu will be elected as mayor and Kudakwashe Chisango would be elected as deputy mayor, you in your individual right, defied the party directive and accepted to be nominated as mayor in your due election as mayor,” says the letter.
However, Nhamarare said he was yet to receive the letter from Biti as well as three other councillors accused of misconduct.
“The national executive committee of the party in its meeting directed that you be suspended from the party as I hereby do, pending a disciplinary hearing,” says the letter.
Nhamarare is accused of, “defying a lawful order of the party, and conduct inconsistent with the fulfilment of the express or implied terms of your membership in the party; in that you accepted the nomination of mayor ship of Mutare on the 16th of September 2013 against a party directive.”
The second charge against Nhamarare is that he brought the party into disrepute by breaching the party constitution after placing an advert in the local press congratulating President Robert Mugabe for resoundingly winning the harmonised elections “against clear evidence and the party position that the 31st July election was rigged and stolen.”
In his letter, Biti advised the four to respond to him forthwith and avail themselves at the party’s Harvest House headquarters on Monday, October 7, 2013 to respond to allegations raised against them.
Pishai Muchauraya, MDC Manicaland provincial spokesperson, said he had seen copies of the letter addressed to the quartet.
“It is refreshing that the national executive has vindicated our position as a province as we cannot continue holding back the wishes of the residents,” said Muchauraya.
Party supporters two weeks ago besieged the MDC provincial headquarters baying for the blood of the four whom they accused of “selling out.”
The four were only served from harm after police intervened and escorted them out of the party premise.