DARING MDC legislators on Tuesday openly revolted against the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC faction’s directive to disengage from parliamentary business after attending a portfolio committee meeting, as factional wars in the main opposition party took a new twist.
“I couldn’t miss the meeting because that meeting was crucial, especially during this time of Covid-19 when people in our constituencies are hungry. We have people who we lead who we should consult first. Let us not put emotions everywhere.“For the record, I voted for Chamisa and I will vote for him again, but let us not use emotions here. The bigger question is: Why didn’t we boycott Parliament when we said the presidential elections were rigged? Why should we disengage from Parliament simply because four MPs have been recalled from Parliament?”
Kanguni declined to comment.
Deputy secretary-general of the Chamisa camp Jameson Timba yesterday told the Daily News that the party would decide the fate of the three MPs and others who dare defy the directive when the national council meets.
“The reasons for their attendance can best be explained by each individual MP. The consequences of defying a party directive will be determined by the appropriate party organ, our national council.“The date will be set after completion of our nationwide consultations on the way forward,” said Timba.
All this comes after the Supreme Court recently upheld last year’s ruling by the High Court, which said Chamisa’s ascendancy to the leadership of the MDC had violated the opposition party’s constitution.
Mwonzora has since warned MPs who are siding with Chamisa that they risked losing their seats.