SENIOR STAFF WRITER
AS THE MDC’s mindless wars worsen, interim party leader Thokozani Khupe threw the kitchen sink at her rival Nelson Chamisa yesterday — recalling nine senators from Parliament and barring more than 1 000 party members from attending this month’s extra-ordinary congress.
Yesterday, the Senate announced the recall of the nine senators from Parliament — a few weeks before the party holds its eagerly-awaited and court-directed extra-ordinary congress at the end of this month.
“Pursuant to the above, I do hereby inform the House that vacancies have arisen in these constituencies by operation of the law.
“The necessary administrative measures will be taken to inform His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, of the existence of the vacancies in line with Section 39 (1) of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13) as amended,” Chinomona announced just before the Senate began its business.
Last month, Chamisa’s faction suffered a setback in its bid to bar Khupe from recalling party legislators from Parliament.
“The national standing committee is meeting now to discuss preparations for the extra-ordinary congress.
“We have gathered that there are 1 050 hooligans who have been sent by our erstwhile colleagues to disrupt our congress.“Our constitution provides that you cannot be a member of any other party other than the MDC-T,” Phugeni said ahead of the party’s national standing committee yesterday.“Anyone who has pledged allegiance to another party either verbally or through their actions cannot participate inour congress.“Otherwise we will end up having people such as Hwende coming to the congress because he was deputy treasurer general,” Phugeni added.
Meanwhile, MDC organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe disagreed with yesterday’s recalls, arguing that the Supreme Court had ruled that the MDC Alliance was not a political party — “hence no delegate can be expelled from the party for belonging to a non-existent party”.
“Delegates from both formations are entitled to be delegates as long as they were part of the 2014 structures.
“In any case I am the one who is responsible for drawing up the list of delegates and I will not allow such nonsense whereby people who are not bona fide delegates end up at the congress.
“We must always make sure that as leaders we are seen to be uniting people not dividing them by such utterances,” Bhebhe said.