Mutare Mayor's expulsion appeal still pending

MUTARE - The appeal against the expulsion of Mutare mayor, Tatenda Nhamarare and three MDC councillors over allegations of forging a voting pact with Zanu PF in council chambers is still pending, a senior official has said.

Mayor Nhamarare and councillors Farai Bhiza, Pamela Mutare and Richard Mupfura were expelled from the party by the National Council but they appealed against the decision. Suspended councillors feel there is a lack of urgency in addressing the issue. 

National spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said his party was unable to take any action until the party’s appeals tribunal decides the case.

“They appealed against our decision to expel them and their case is still pending before our appeals tribunal so until that appeal is finalised, no further action can be taken against them,” Mwonzora said.

The four were in a rival camp to nine MDC councillors in the run up to the July 31 elections, with the preferred candidates for mayor and deputy mayor having been chosen from that rival camp.

The outcome gave Zanu PF the deputy mayor’s post and other key portfolio committee positions, a  move that allowed Zanu PF to wield control in council in spite of losing elections in the 19-ward city.

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 25 March 2014

what are they appealing about,the last time i heard their boss mutsekwa addressed gave a press statement to the effect that they had defied the party and joined hands with zanu pf to out do biti and his faction.so its a fact that they connived with zanu pf and that was their charge and hence they where convicted.its up to the tribunal

masaka - 25 March 2014

True, Masaka, whwta are they appealing against? They sold out to the enermy of the people ZANU PF to settle scores. What type of struggle is waged that way that you can go to bed with enermy for vengeance sake? There is no basis for the appeal.

Chief - 25 March 2014

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