and Blessings Mashaya
SENIOR STAFF WRITERS
ANY lingering hopes that warring MDC factions would soon come to their senses were quashed yesterday, after the main opposition’s interim leadership led by Thokozani Khupe, pictured, recalled a further 10 of the party’s legislators from Parliament.
“People in MRT House are not MDC youths. These are youths that have been hired by the G40 fronting outfit (MDC Alliance). They want to take over the party.“Their so-called Alliance project has gone up in flames and so they want to disturb the preparation for the extra-ordinary congress,” Mwonzora told the Daily News.“The reason for the recall of MPs is that they have ceased to belong to the party that sent them to Parliament.
“They continue to accept the lie that the MDC-T is not the legitimate party which is the authority over the Members of Parliament.
“Some of them were involved in the violence that took place at MRT House. We can never allow violence and we will always punish it,” Mwonzora added.
“I do hereby inform the House that vacancies have arisen in the constituencies stated above.
“The necessary administrative steps will be taken to inform … the president … and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission of the existence of the vacancies in line with the section 39 subsection 1 of the Electoral Act as amended,” Mudenda said.
On Wednesday, Chamisa distanced himself from the seizure of MRT House and also pooh-poohed the need to participate in intra-party unity talks.
“I have no time for quislings. I lead a political party, the MDC Alliance, and have no business in what is happening in other parties.“They (the youths) want to drag me into issues of the MDC-T, but I really have no time for that. What has Chamisa got to do with Harvest House?” he told the Daily News.
“The youths are still in there (in MRT House), but they are not MDC-T youths. We have a court order to get them out and the police will enforce the order.
“We work within the parameters of the law. Their invasion of our headquarters is at the order of Chamisa in his address to his people.
“On Saturday, he ordered them to violently take it over,” Phugeni told the Daily News.
“We will not allow ourselves to be held to ransom like that,” Phugeni further told the Daily News.