Speaker to rule on MDC MPs recall

HARARE - Jacob Mudenda, the Speaker of the National Assembly, will make a ruling on Thursday on the fate of 18 legislators that have been recalled by Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party.

Mudenda told the Daily News  yesterday, he had not seen the  letter since he was not in the office since last week.

He said he was going to fully respond to the MDC’s request.

“I am not in the country as I am in Zambia for a funeral,” Mudenda said.

“I shall be back in the office  on Thursday and I will be able  to  respond fully to the  MDC-T letter. I don’t want to speculate on anything as I need to understand what  they want. I am yet to receive a letter from MDC-T led by Morgan Tsvangirai recalling the 18 legislators from Parliament.

“I  know that this year I  made a ruling on  the matter over their MPs and advised them  that they  had to approach  the courts.”

Douglas Mwonzora, the new MDC secretary-general,  last week wrote to Mudenda informing him of the congress resolution to recall the 18 lawmakers. 

He said the recall was made in terms of Section 129 (k) of the new Constitution of Zimbabwe, and formally gave notice to withdraw the 18 MPs with immediate effect.

“We advised Mudenda that MDC-T held its congress and resolved to recall the Members of Parliament whose names were listed in a letter to him and who were elected under the MDC-T ticket who have ceased to belong to the party,” Mwonzora’s letter said.

The MPs include  Tendai Biti, the former Finance minister and Harare East legislator, the Madzore brothers Paul and Solomon,  Moses Manyengavana, (Highfield West) Willias Madzimure, (Kambuzuma,) Samuel Siphepha Nkomo, (Lobengula)  Roselene Nkomo (Tsholotsho), Lucia Matibenga (Kuwadzana)  Bekithemba Nyathi, (Pelandaba-Mpopoma), Settlement Chikwinya (Mbizo),  Reggie Moyo (Luveve), Gorden Moyo (Mokokoba), Albert Mlanga (Puluma) and Evelyn Masaiti, the Harare proportional representation representative.

In the Senate, the MDC wants to recall Sekai Holland (Chizhanje), Rorana Muchihwa, (Chikomo) and Watchy Sibanda, the Matabeleland South proportional representation representative.

Jacob Mafume, spokesperson  of MDC renewal team, said  the MDC was wasting  time in trying  to  recall  the 18 legislators.

“We don’t know what they are trying to do,” Mafume said.

“They  should  explain to  the  nation why their leader took all  the MDC property; and  power was vested  in  his office at their  congress.

“Mwonzora lost elections  last year  and should  let the people  who were  elected  do  their parliamentary  work rather than to try  to disturb them. MPs should concentrate  on coming  up  with  policies  of sorting out the economy rather than drag them to   court. In any case, they will withdraw  their application because it  has no  legal basis.”

Mafume said the 18 MPs will remain in Parliament, adding the matter was still before the courts, therefore subjudice.

The MDC split early this year as MPs led by Biti passed a vote-of-no-confidence in Tsvangirai, calling on him and other MDC leaders to step down.

Tsvangirai then attempted to recall some of the legislators who participated in the attempted palace coup from Parliament .

But Mudenda ruled that no MPs should be recalled from Parliament and he had no power to rule on the matter, referring the factions to the courts.

Comments (11)

My question to Tsvangirai's MDC is; when they were told to approach the courts the last time when they tried to recall these MPs, did they do that? If not, and I'm sure they didn't, what makes them think they will be told anything different now? My guess is that they are trying to buy time and allow some of the legislators to come crawling on their knees begging for forgiveness and re-admittance into the people's party. When ever by elections have been held after the 2013 stolen electons, ZANU PF has taken all seats because they know how to mobilise their supporters to go and cast their votes, MDC on the other hand is on the sleepy side and so they are likely to lose another 18 seats if the ruling goes ahead.

Dr Know - 12 November 2014

Mudenda..how many days have you been attending Sata's funeral. You have business to run at home. You don't have to be there throughout. You have already made a decision that MDC-T should go to the courts. Stupid Mr Speaker Sir. Soon you will deal with other recalls by ZANU PF...ZANU - Renewal Team is on its way..watch this space. This MDC-Renewal thing is a ZANU failed project.

Garikayi - 12 November 2014

MDC-T recently held its conference and elected leaders. Some leaders retained their posts while others like Chamisa, Mashakada etc lost. Biti and co. were elected on MDC-T but rebelled and formed their own party and called it MDC-Renewal . In parliament these MPs are identified as MDC-T MPs when they are no longer members of MDC-T. It is only fair that these MPs renew their mandates through by-elections. This will take at least 90 days and in the meantime Parliament will not pay these MPs and make some savings. These MPs did not consult voters who elected them when they left the party to form a new party of their own. We know that the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Jacob Mudenda is a Zanu PF member and is therefore biased to wards the MDC-T rebels but Zanu Pf has nothing to gain if the 18 MPs are recalled from Parliament since the already have a two third majority in Parliament. Can these 18 MPs prove that they are still members of MDC-T? The speaker if he is impartial and professional should expel these MPs from Parliament and advise them to go to court to re-instate their mebership of Parliament. These MPs should subject themselves to by-elections in their constituencies and renew their mandate. These MPs have been busy insulti MDC-T and its leaders and so they must stand for their new party MDC-Renewal or Orange Party. These MPs must go back to their constituencies and find our if there are orange buyers.

Gweta Guru - 12 November 2014

Well said Gweta Guru these re-newal guys if they are true democrats as they are claiming surely they must seek a new mandate from their constituencies. If Zanupf is on their side let its supporters support them and then can enjoy their parliamentary packages but on a fresh mandate

goodlife - 12 November 2014

Gweta viva you said it all.Why cant Biti and his crew face the electorate in by elections.Biti you need to be real brother .You cant hate Tsvingirai then love this name.Hate orange and like orange juice.

gamba - 12 November 2014

Handivoni maOrange awa achitengwa kana pemba yemujawo ikati tsverere vanoziva kuinda kwamupfiga nehwe . AnaBiti awa ndiwo atinoti Orange Tonga (maorange epafarm paBright Matonga paChegutu) rinovava kuita lemon

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 12 November 2014

I know Mudenda in and out he is my home boy he is very very very corrupt as he was one of those who were involved in a willowvale scandal . He is very biased if you read carefully where he says he told the MDC to approach the courts it sounds and it is clear he is going to repeat that again watch this space, But what does the law say about the MPs who defect from the party that gave them a ticket to enter parliament? .Biti is in trouble should these guys loose theirr jobs as MPs as jobs are scarce in the country and that will mean back again to machayinyoka . A revolt is looming for sick Biti suwa mama kamina.

Diibulaanyika - 12 November 2014

I have heard Mazoe Orange Crush ichitaurwa kuZANU PF, is this the MDC-Renewal (Orange) the Orange Crush yeZANU PF? Oh I see, MDC-Renewal is the juice from ZANU PF. Do you see the Maths?

Boterekwa - 12 November 2014

your maths does not add up.

bhoramusango - 13 November 2014

Vana Dr. Know tiitireiwo mushe, it is actually Mudenda who is buying time for his renewal friends. MDC T is from a Congress and that can not be debated as to which MDC T is the genuine one because the majority of the Congress participants were not fired by Biti, mind you. If Biti fired Tsvangirai n Lovemore Moyo but he didnt fire the the whole Congress delegates who gave Tsvangirai and his team a new mandate, Hence the Orange team should call it a day in Parliament. MaOrange akaora.

Dr Munhuwo - 13 November 2014

The elections held last year had a brand of MDC-T, MDC-N and ZANU PF and there is no other MDC-T except the one under Tsvangirai. Hence if the MDC-T means Tsvangirai, there is all the reason for MDC-T to recall those masquarading as MDC-T from parliament and go as MDC Renewal. If they feel they have the mandate to represent the people as MDC Renewal, they will still win. My fear though is that they will bot loose MDC-T and MDC Renewal, which is better still because by the 2018, they will have realised that they have been deceived by Biti the sellout, in as much as Pricillar Mushonga was also deceived by Ncube and now they are in the political wilderness. I wonder why Biti does not get a clue from Gwisai, Margret Dongo and Welshmen Ncube. There is no business they can be concetrating on since they are now representing MDC Renewal insteady of MDC-T.

bruce - 13 November 2014

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