MDC rebels fired

HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has fired Mutare mayor Tatenda Nhemarare and 10 councillors, while recalling Gweru mayor.

Party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora confirmed the developments during a press briefing held at the party headquarters on Friday.

He said the party’s National Executive Council — the highest decision-making body outside  congress —  had resolved to fire councillors for defying party directives during mayoral elections and voting for Zanu PF candidates.

“The council met today( Friday) following the Standing Committee meeting on Wednesday and the National Executive Committee meeting on Thursday and resolved to expel from the party the Mayor of Mutare, Tatenda Nhemarare,” Mwonzora said.

He said Nhemarare was fired for disobeying a standing order that one of the councillors was going to be elected as mayor.

“Nhemarare colluded with Zanu PF councillors and we found this unacceptable,” Mwonzora said.

The party spokesperson said although Gweru incumbent mayor Hamutendi Kombayi had been recalled, he remained a councillor and member of the party.

Kombayi was found guilty of bribing MDC councillors in Gweru.

Mwonzora told journalists that the council had also resolved to expel Mutare councillors Pamela Mutasa, Richard Bhiza and Farai Mupfura for colluding with Zanu PF and taking bribes during the mayoral elections.
In Redcliff, the party expelled Takura Chikwiri, Onward Majaji and Euphrasia Duro.

“The three were found guilty of taking bribes and this is unacceptable,” Mwonzora said.

In Victoria Falls, three councillors, Morris Nyathi, Robson Salimu and Rich Muguni were also expelled for undermining the party and conniving with Zanu PF.

“The MDC found these councillors guilty of subverting the will of the electorate in general and blatantly disobeying the party’s directives. We felt that they could not honestly discharge the mandate they were given by the people,” Mwonzora said.

The party called upon regional bodies — Sadc and African Union — to revisit their position regarding the July polls, following the nullification of the parliamentary election in Kwekwe Central Constituency.

Mwonzora said. “The council welcomed the ruling by the High Court which was handed down on Monday, nullifying the parliamentary election result for Kwekwe Central. 

By ruling that the Kwekwe Central parliamentary election was rigged, the Bulawayo High Court effectively confirmed that the national election was a huge farce, which was manipulated and corrupted by the military and intelligence to give Zanu PF a stolen victory.

“The council calls upon Sadc and AU to revisit their positions on the July 31 elections, now that the court has confirmed that the elections were rigged and considering the response which has been very clear and sharp from the business community, investment vehicles and the economy in general.”

On Monday, High Court Judge Justice Andrew Mutema, sitting in an electoral court in Bulawayo, declared Kwekwe Central seat vacant and ordered the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to hold fresh elections within 10 days.

Comments (10)

vavagona but why Kombayi mamusiya

Tatenda Nhemarare - 9 December 2013

Donate them to Zanu. Well done MDC T. We dont want corrupt people in our ranks.

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 9 December 2013

The only person who needs to be fired from the dead party is the grossly incompetent leader of the party, Tsvangson, who was being bribed by zanu throughout the life of the GNU while drinking tea with the enemy every Mondays!!!

Sikhosana - 9 December 2013

Are you the Sikhosana we know,the youth leader at 64 years of age? Your reasoning tells it all.

Mutirowafanza - 9 December 2013

Sikhosana painwa tea ne ZanuPf our economy was growing by 4.5 % iyezvino haasi kunwa navo tea it is sliding downwards I am told has gone down to 3.6% and still sliding down. Hate him or love him he changed your life, iye zvino hauchamira mu queue although zvave kudzoka. manje manje vapfana ve peturo vanenge vave ma directo,r ma director akunzi iwe ibvapo.

Maita Manyuka - 9 December 2013

How on earth can a 64 year old youth change anybody 's life for God's sake? He has the mind of a youth at 64 and you expect anything positive from him? Grow up man.

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 9 December 2013

Its obvious the goons digging into Sikhosana are sicker than Tsvangson. How old is Tsvangson wakhona anyways if he allowed himself to be bribed ngokunatha itiye nje? Sikhosana is better off now whererver he is than Tsvangson. Batshele Skhos!!!!!

Pretty - 9 December 2013

oh what a shame,all thus left is to fire the remaining cadres who contributed so much to the pillars of the party than to find out what caused them to defy the order.Why do you pple from harare always come up with the list for every where.

rukwakwarara - 9 December 2013

I fail to understand why Kombayi was spared given the nature of allegations levelled against him. Probably he bribed his way through again.

Chimuswe - 10 December 2013

I fail to understand why Kombayi was spared given the nature of allegations levelled against him. Probably he bribed his way through again.

Chimuswe - 10 December 2013

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