Fate of MDC rebels to be sealed

HARARE - The national standing committee for Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC will today convene at its Harvest House headquarters in Harare to decide the fate of its rebellious mayors and councillors, suspended on allegations of voting for Zanu PF candidates during mayoral elections.

The party has received a report from a four-member disciplinary committee comprising former Mazowe Central MP Shepherd Mushonga, Women’s Assembly secretary-general Sibusisiwe Bhuda-Masara, Youth Assembly spokesperson Clifford Hlatshwayo and Chitungwiza Senator James Makore.

The committee was set up to investigate the “defiant” councillors.

The national standing committee will seal the fate of Gweru and Mutare mayors Hamutendi Kombayi and Tatenda Nhamarare respectively.

Douglas Mwonzora, the party spokesperson, yesterday said: “Their fate will be decided tomorrow (today) when the national standing committee meets.

“We will issue a press statement as soon as a decision of whether they will be expelled or retained has been arrived at.”

In what probably puts the disagreements in the party over the issue into perspective, deputy organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe contradicted Mwonzora, saying the meeting today has nothing to do with the councillors as the investigating committee was yet to table its findings to the standing committee.

“Those are rumours because we have not even received the report yet. The meeting you are referring to is a routine one that we hold every Wednesday, so I do not comment on rumours,” Bhebhe said.

The MDC accuses Kombayi, his deputy Artwell Matyorauta, Moses Marecha, Tawanda Magidi and Farai Muza of dumping the party’s preferred Gweru mayoral candidate Charles Chikozho and Kenneth Sithole as deputy mayor.

In Mutare, Nhamarare and three other councilors Pamela Mutare, Farai Bhiza and Richard Mupfura, allegedly did not vote Thomas Nyamupangedengu, who was the party’s preference for the mayoral post.

The party also accuses the quartet of voting Zanu PF’s Collen Mukwada as deputy mayor in place of their own Kudakwashe Chisango while councillors in Victoria Falls, Kwekwe and Redcliff also reportedly voted Zanu PF candidates.

Comments (6)

Democracy inoti chi? you should chose whom you like. But MDC is losing this time. Democratic its party of your name but now you are being unDemocratic. munhu anovhota paanoda wani

hardlife - 4 December 2013

Rebelion Started with Abdnico Bhebhe and the party re-admitted him so its now a game in Mdc-t.

byo - 4 December 2013

Democracy should not be in theory but in practise. Why copy and behave like another zanu. No wonder people have realised politicians same same no matter from which party. u preach democracy yet by night u impose candidates. Haa tsvangirai unogumbura zvaunoita. we wl be waiting to finish u off com 2018. it appears apa hauna kunyatsonzwa.

Live our name - 4 December 2013

Headline should read " Fate of MDC-T to be sealed. Bassop.

Sikhosana - 4 December 2013

ngavabaye Zvibwasungata.

clau - 5 December 2013

iwe Live our name what democracy do you know. You are enjoying being ruled by zanu? Muchafa nenhamo ma stand ese achapihwa vanhu vaiuraya vanhu paku campaigner.

clau - 5 December 2013

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