Biti MPs in trouble

HARARE - The opposition MDC has recalled from Parliament nine of its 91 legislators who attempted to topple Morgan Tsvangirai.

In a letter to the Speaker of National Assembly Jacob Mudenda, Thokozani Khupe, the opposition leader in the house, advised Mudenda that the party had the sovereign right to recall its MPs.

Harare East legislator Tendai Biti and his co-conspirators Solomon Madzore, Dzivaresekwa; Paul Madzore, Glen View South; Moses Manyengavana, Highfield West; Willias Madzimure, Kambuzuma; Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, Lobengula; Bekithemba Nyathi, Pelandaba-Mpopoma; Evelyn Masaiti, proportional representative; Watchy Sibanda,  proportional representative; Settlement Chikwinya, Mbizo; and Reggie, Moyo, Luveve have been recalled.

Khupe advised Mudenda to disregard Biti’s Tuesday letter which sought to protect him and eight other legislators from recall.

Biti wrote to Mudenda saying he had been mandated by his national council to inform the Speaker that “no one in the MDC other than the secretary-general has a right to write to you on any issue with respect to our members of parliament particularly in terms of Section 129 of the Constitution”.

Biti said Tsvangirai needed a court order to overturn the decision of the “national council meeting” of April 26, 2014 held at Mandel Training Centre in Harare, which the Tsvangirai-led group dismisses as a “bogus” gathering.

Khupe, who is also the MDC’s deputy president, said Biti’s letter was in bad taste as he is a leader of a faction that unsuccessfully sought to stage a coup against the leadership of the MDC.

Khupe said when Biti wrote to Parliament, no written notice of withdrawal of any Member of Parliament had been submitted.

“The MDC, just like any other political party reserves the right to recall any Member of Parliament who was elected under its ticket if the member has ceased to belong to it,” Khupe’s letter to Mudenda says.

She said Biti was expelled from the MDC after the national council was satisfied that he had formed his own political party which he is yet to find a suitable name for.

“The national council went on to nullify the meeting held by Hon. Biti and his gang at Mandel together with any resolutions they may have made there-at,” Khupe’s letter says.

“As stated above, the MDC has a right to recall any of its Members of Parliament in terms of section 129(K) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.”

At least 82 legislators this week pledged their loyalty to Tsvangirai, disassociating themselves from Biti and his team.

Khupe said she was the only one with the authority to communicate with the Speaker on behalf MDC legislators.

“Mr. Speaker Sir, the leader of the opposition in Parliament is the deputy president of MDC, Thokozani Khupe,” she said in her letter to Mudenda.

“She is the person who makes all formal communications with the leadership of Parliament on official positions of the MDC not Hon. Biti. Further, the chief whip for the MDC is Hon. (Innocent) Gonese. It must follow that Hon. Biti has no right of making formal communications on behalf of the MDC to you.

“We need to stress Mr. Speaker Sir that your relationship with the MDC is a formal relationship and therefore your communication with the MDC should be through the formal channels recognised by law and the rules.”

In his letter to Mudenda, Biti claims that only him as secretary-general can write to Mudenda on any issue in respect to MDC members of Parliament particularly in terms of Section 129(k) of the Constitution.

He said that Members of Parliament can only be recalled by the citizenry and not by their political parties.

“What we find particularly reprehensible is that Hon. Biti does not disclose his interests in this matter and therefore does not put you into his confidence,” Khupe said.

“He is a leader of a faction that unsuccessfully sought to stage a coup de tat against the leadership of the MDC and install Hon Biti as the de facto leader of the MDC.

“However, the leadership of the MDC in the national council have since nullified his actions and expelled him from the party. The consequences of that expulsion are what he seeks to pre-empt by writing that legal opinion to you. In short, he basically seeks to protect himself from the consequences of his actions at the party.”

Comments (22)

Biti and eight others mamama go and join Zanu yenyu iyoyo, siyanai nesu maMDC-T

cde Tongo - 4 May 2014

What trouble. The only trouble I know is Dailynews' trouble with Mangoma. Achakusvinai kusvika mavhara kapepea kenyu.

Trouble? - 4 May 2014

The real MDC T should obtain a list of the charlatans and members who attended the Mangoma - Biti- Sipepa meeting so that they can be noted for the MDC T Congress. The list should also be used to gainsay Biti pretences as he tries to save his allies from Parliamentary re-call. But seriously Biti is not worth it MDC T should focus on its primary objective.

Dr Tekere - 4 May 2014

The real MDC T should obtain a list of the charlatans and members who attended the Mangoma - Biti- Sipepa meeting so that they can be noted for the MDC T Congress. The list should also be used to gainsay Biti pretences as he tries to save his allies from Parliamentary re-call. But seriously Biti is not worth it MDC T should focus on its primary objective.

Dr Tekere - 4 May 2014

BITI IS A ZANU PF PROJECT.PART OF MUGABE RETIREMENT PLAN IS TO SILENCE MDC COMPLETELY.SILENCING TSVANGIRAYI WILL MEAN MUGABE CAN RETIRE IN PEACE.A PLAN WAS HATCHED TO NIKUV 2013 ELECTIONS THEN DESTROY MDC T THROUGH WEAK CHANNELS LIKE BITI AND MANGOMA .BITI WAS GIVEN THE HARARE NORTH SEAT LAST MINUTE AS ZANY KNEW THAT HE WAS WEAK AND POWER HUNGRY THAT HE CAN EASILY BE USED TO DESTROY MDC?

karikoga - 4 May 2014

Panama Biti n.a. Mangoma form r own party shit

poporoza - 4 May 2014

Wait and see who is behind all this. The response of the Speaker will say it all. Just Like Professor Mutambara, Biti and Team are going to stay put until the End of the Parliament

mutema - 4 May 2014

Yes the guys must go if they are protected by any of their pay masters then well the public will know for sure who these guys are. They should remember the makwavararas of this world. well done MDC-T. The strugle will contiue without the mbitis . As has always been said , Freedom train will not stop at barking dogs. Its time to built our structures and prevent another stolen election. We can do it Mr Morgen, The journey is all must reached and harvest time is near. My god bless you and give you more strength in this struggle.

RAYMOND - 4 May 2014

Vana Biti zvavaomera sokupfekedza nyoka dhuku!!!!!!! kekekeke

weZaka - 5 May 2014

We have people who claim to represent POVO, but their actions are totally against the POVO representation mandate we voted them in parliament. Kana baba vangu vakakanganisa, ndingafamba ndichiudza nyika yose kuti baba vangu idofo. Ndini ndinenge ndava dofo ipapo. This rebel group should look for its own name and leave Tsvangarai and the progressive people to represent the will of the people of Zimbabwe. Kukara ndiko kwavanetsa, kutonga unotonga vanhu vakupa masimba acho, without the blessing of the POVO, you are heading for disaster.

Boma - 5 May 2014

How could Biti act so dull. He's supposed to be smart and yet here he is pulling such a stupid move. He must have miscalculated I guess.

Dr Know - 5 May 2014

How could Biti act so dull. He's supposed to be smart and yet here he is pulling such a stupid move. He must have miscalculated I guess.

Dr Know - 5 May 2014

I support Karikoga's view that Biti is a ZANU PF 's project meant to destroy MDC. Why was he given the Mt Pleasant seat at the last minute- just because he had complained. How many complaints were made and yet were dismissed.

Sinikiwe Shumba - 5 May 2014

is it true that biti has an overall 3 pass for his law degree, if this is true it is not surprising how he fails to interpret simple legal issues when people like khupe and tsvangirai who have never been to any law school can interpret their party and country's constitutions.

cde churucheminzwa - 5 May 2014

tendai biti,its only a dead man who does not know the value of his coffin.join apongosi burial society coz you are finished

soko mukanya - 5 May 2014

Biti is now history,he is already in the dust bins.Can anyone please advise this overzealous,power hungry zanu pf project that he will never be a President or even a vice president in this land

hezvoko - 5 May 2014

When Welshmen recalled his Mps wht did lovemore Moyo do he seat on the papers now its your turn you want good Mudenda to behave the otherway to hell with Khupe after all you are the one who started the renewal camp

HISTORY - 5 May 2014

who said tswangirai has been removed from the party before the congress he has been suspended only it is allowed to suspend anytime a member goes wrong, so this is what has been done,the truth is the majority has lost confidence in tswangirai he has failed why should we continue keeping him the renewal team is not a political party is group of people advocating for democracy and defending the constitution within the party i feel pitty for those who stil rally behind Tswangirai i doubt he even cares about the gospel being preached to defend a girl child thats y he marries and devorces now and then taking advantage of being a president abusing party funds

makhosonke Dlamini - 5 May 2014

who said tswangirai has been removed from the party before the congress he has been suspended only it is allowed to suspend anytime a member goes wrong, so this is what has been done,the truth is the majority has lost confidence in tswangirai he has failed why should we continue keeping him the renewal team is not a political party is group of people advocating for democracy and defending the constitution within the party i feel pitty for those who stil rally behind Tswangirai i doubt he even cares about the gospel being preached to defend a girl child thats y he marries and devorces now and then taking advantage of being a president abusing party funds

makhosonke Dlamini - 5 May 2014

tsvangirayi kakatwa Biti auya zvine power plus akadzidza nzira yekucourt anoiziva manji ana mwonzonzora basa nderekubira maclients gore rino chinofemeswa naBiti icho chiTsvangirayi

CHANGAMIRE DOMBO - 5 May 2014

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