Chamisa appeals against councillors’ recall

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Mugove Tafirenyika

UNDER-SIEGE MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has appealed to Local Government minister July Moyo to thwart efforts by acting MDC-T president Thokozani Khupe to recall his party’s councillors, the Daily News reports.

This comes as the MDC Alliance has also approached the High Court seeking an order stopping the Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda from expelling its legislators on the orders of its opposition rivals.

The application followed the recent recall from Parliament of four MDC Alliance MPs, Chalton Hwende, Tabitha Khumalo, Prosper Mutseyami and Lilian Timveous by reinstated MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora.

In a letter dated June 1, 2020 and through his lawyers — Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni Legal Practitioners — Chamisa called on Moyo not to act on instructions by Khupe to recall councillors elected on an MDC Alliance ticket in the elections held on July 30, 2018.

The lawyers said they had been advised by their clients that Douglas Togaraseyi Mwonzora, Thokozani Khupe and an entity called MDC-T had threatened to recall certain councillors elected under the banner of the MDC Alliance pursuant to the elections.

They said Chamisa disputes Mwonzora, Khupe and the MDC-T’s power and authority to recall councillors mainly because apart from being a separate political party, it is the MDC Alliance that fielded them for election and also that the officials have not ceased to belong to his outfit.

“Mwonzora is not the secretary-general of the MDC Alliance. In light of the above, we kindly implore you not to accept any recall of any councillor elected or appointed under the banner of the MDC Alliance pursuant to the July 30, 2018 election. We further implore you not to act on any letter written by Mwonzora, (Morgen) Komichi, Khupe or MDC-T. In the event that you act in favour of Mwonzora and those acting on his behalf, your actions will be challenged in court,” the lawyers warned.

Moyo was not immediately available for a comment as his mobile phone was not reachable when the Daily News tried calling him.

Last month, the four MPs approached the High Court challenging their recall and expulsion from Parliament.
In the application, the expelled MPs are seeking an order that nullifies their expulsion from the august House arguing that Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda acted unlawfully in accepting an instruction from a political party they did not belong to when they were voted as MPs in the 2018 elections.

The court application was followed by another one last week in which Timveos and Khumalo were seeking to interdict Khupe from replacing them in Parliament following their recall.

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