MDC moves to interdict Biti from Tsvangirai hearing

HARARE - The opposition MDC is moving to block attempts by ex-secretary-general Tendai Biti to haul its leader Morgan Tsvangirai before a disciplinary hearing by filing an interdict with the High Court today.

Biti’s renewal team wants to drag Tsvangirai before its disciplinary committee following his reported controversial suspension from the MDC in April.

Tsvangirai has since dismissed the meeting that suspended him as “illegal, unconstitutional, illegitimate and bogus”.

MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora told the Daily News that the party had resolved at its Standing committee meeting held at Harvest House yesterday, to file court papers to interdict Biti and company.

“We will be filing the papers tomorrow (today) because the party feels that our leader cannot be debased and be subjected to a disciplinary hearing by another political party,” Mwonzora told the Daily News.

An initial attempt by the Biti faction to conduct the hearing last week flopped after one of the lawyers initially cited as part of the tribunal angrily distanced himself from the “charade”, forcing the team to postpone the hearing indefinitely.

Lawyer Dumisani Mthombeni took great exception to the Biti faction’s attempt to drag his name into the hearing without consulting him.

The other lawyers who are set to conduct the envisaged Tsvangirai hearing are Tafadzwa Mugabe and Gift Nyandoro.

Meanwhile, Mwonzora said his party’s meeting yesterday finalised preparations of the party’s elective congress pencilled for October.

The meeting, which adopted a template spelling out the how the congresses will be conducted, also resolved to bring back on board party officials who were either suspended or expelled on various charges, including corruption.

“Regarding everybody who had been dismissed from the MDC, they can participate in the congress provided they comply with the requirements,” Mwonzora said. “For example, the 23 Chitungwiza councillors were readmitted into the party on certain conditions, so their eligibility will depend on whether they qualify for the positions they aspire for or not”.

In 2010 Tsvangirai fired more than 20 councillors in the dormitory town on allegations of corruption involving council stands.

Some of the councillors, including mayor Israel Marange, were arrested and convicted of graft.

But Mwonzora said they can still hold office in the party as long as they do not seek to be elected in the same capacities.

“The fact that they were arrested and convicted does not necessarily disqualify them but the fact is, if for instance one was charged of corruption in council, they cannot aspire to hold the same office,” he said.

“Moreover, nominations for the various positions have not yet been done and when they eventually come, the party will vet each and every one of them.”

Comments (7)

idzi hondo regai tingotarisa. ndezva meso muromo zvinyarare

wind - 26 June 2014

Tsvangirai akuto siririsa. Why cant he do the decent thing and step down. The guy is finished. apera basa. Its known world over that once beated once in national elections there is no second chance. You wasted time chasing after teenager girls at the expense of delivering zimbabwe from evil.

siriri - 26 June 2014

Is the party that desperate for people that it will allow convicted criminals to hold offices other than those they held when they were convicted. Is it the numbers we are after? Honestly, I am disappointed. Where is the difference with ZANU(pf)?

Kufakwejeyi - 26 June 2014

The party feels it's leader cannot be called to a hearing by another party. What a shame. So if it's another party why go to court. Why not just laugh it off

Eddy - 27 June 2014

Zvakaiwana ngwarati kudya irere. Tsvangirai aifunga kuti vana Biti varikuita zvemafanizi. The problem is that in this issue it seems there is a clash of brains. I do not see my homeboy surviving this one. The honourable thing would have been to step aside and give others a chance. It seems he is another 'handiende'. Ini hama yake handina kufadzwa ne the way yaakaita handle his private life. He allowed it to erode his integrity and so it went together with the value we had earlier entrusted on him.

taurai - 27 June 2014

Taurai which others? Is this the correct way the Mbitis are doing it? Whilst believe Tsvangiray has fought his battles and fought well were many feared, he can leave it to others but not Mbiti and mangoma, no these are tsotsis. They have shown it that they are and cannot run a party or a country that is why their msission is destory Tsvangirayi as if that is the National problem.

Maita Manyuka - 27 June 2014

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