MDC rebels come out guns blazing

HARARE - Expelled MDC deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma and his renewal team have dismissed their expulsion from the party, saying it is a legal nullity.

The opposition party on Thursday summarily expelled Mangoma, national executive members Jacob Mafume and Last Maengahama, as well as youth assembly secretary-general Promise Mkwananzi.

The four are part of the so-called renewal team within the MDC that has been agitating for the removal of party leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

The stunning decision was reached at a National Council meeting at the party’s headquarters in Harare where the quartet was accused of attempting to effect a coup d’état, among other serious allegations.

However, the fired members have come out guns blazing, saying their suspension is illegal and thus null and void.

Jacob Mafume, spokesperson for Mangoma and the renewal team, yesterday told journalists that he and his colleagues were still bona fide members of the MDC.

“The Thursday meeting of the national council was a kangaroo process which made a kangaroo judgment and we view that judgment as a legal nullity,” Mafume said.

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