MDC formally expels 'rebels'

HARARE - The Nelson Chamisa-led MDC has formally expelled members who defied the party’s directive by registering to stand as independent candidates in the July 30 polls.

Over 30 candidates are standing on the MDC Alliance ticket, despite losing the party’s primary elections held recently.

Consequently, these have been dismissed from the party, including outgoing member of Parliament for Mabvuku-Tafara, James Maridadi.

In the case of Maridadi, the party had tried to convince him to withdraw his candidature, but the former disc jockey has been digging in.

In a letter to one of the independent candidates, Chris Jamu, the MDC said it has been left with no option but to wield the axe on errant members.

“Your decision to stand as an independent candidate is a breach of the are therefore specifically ordered to surrender all party property in your possession and you are also directly stopped from using the MDC Alliance logo and other campaign materials,” reads the letter, in part, signed by MDC chairperson, Morgen Komichi.

Komichi said the party was mulling approaching the High Court to stop those who are using the name of the alliance without its approval.

He railed at Maridadi for hoodwinking the party leadership into believing that he had withdrawn his candidature with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) when this was not the case.

Maridadi had been given up to July 9 to withdraw his candidature but he did not. The deadline was subsequently extended by a day of which there was no evidence of compliance at the time of going to print.

“I refer to my various discussions regarding the above matter. I specifically refer to the meeting that took place in the president’s office between yourself and senior leadership including the president, myself and the secretary-general,” Komichi wrote to Maridadi.

“At that meeting, you undertook to withdraw as a candidate and, in fact, signed a withdrawal letter. We now know that you went to Zec and uplifted your withdrawal letter, effectively restoring your candidature.

“These actions by yourself are serious, dishonourable and amount to insubordination.

“Accordingly, you are hereby given up (to) 10 July 2018, 11 am to re-file your withdrawal and serve a stamped letter to my office.

“Failure to do this means you would have automatically expelled yourself,” reads part of the letter.

Yesterday, Komichi warned MDC Alliance members who are supporting the independent candidates to desist from doing so.

Meanwhile, the MDC has sensationally claimed Zanu PF is causing confusion in the party by sponsoring the so-called “rebels” to stand as independent candidates.

Komichi claimed yesterday that they have evidence some of the independent candidates were working with Zanu PF.

“They have ignored the party in breach of our constitution something that means automatic dismissal....

“We know that they are being supported and sponsored by Zanu PF,” said Komichi.

Zanu PF national chairperson, Simon Khaya Moyo, was not immediately available for comment yesterday.

Following shambolic primary polls held by the MDC recently, the party has struggled to rein in members who are questioning its decisions and opting to stand as independent candidates at the forthcoming polls.

In some constituencies, the party has more than two candidates, including in Mabvuku-Tafara where Maridadi and James Chidhakwa are both contesting on the same ticket.

Yesterday, Komichi released the names of the MDC Alliance’s official candidates in contentious constituencies, namely , Kunashe Muchemwa (Bulawayo South); Chidhakwa (Mabvuku-Tafara); Shadreck Mashayamombe (Harare South); Gift Chimanikire (Mazowe South); Lauren Muchehwe (Mazowe West); Agreement Kagura (Muzarabani North); Luke Tamborinyoka (Goromonzi West); Stanley Manguma (Gutu West); Justin Makota (Masvingo South); Jesta Dumbu (Zaka West) and Thulani Ndlovu (Mazowe North).


Comments (26)

the house of confusion does it again.. haaa Nero haana future

Riot263 - 12 July 2018

apa zvibaba zvemusangano ndizvo zvakudzingwa futi hahaha zvakaoma, 30 july pane nyaya

Samora - 12 July 2018

aaaaaah Maridad adzingwa?haaa apa vakuru vedu vava kutikanganwa manje apa aaaaaah umm ummm Chamisa ka

Chamisa Neria - 12 July 2018

but seriously who is more rebel than Chamisa himself in this mdc, kmunhu anozvigadza humambo parufu or ava vakuda musangano uendere mberi

Hondo Zvenyika - 12 July 2018

Chamisa is not democratic nyatsai kuitarisisa nyaya iyi you will see what i mean

Django Django - 12 July 2018

Kana akahwinhaChamisa ndopamuchaona kuti kupandukirana hakuperi muMDC

Sankara - 12 July 2018

khupe is the legitimate leader of the mdc , chamisa is the rebel leader so how can a rebel chase away his sub rebels, kkkki 30 july ED pfee

Aladin Aladin - 12 July 2018

Haa ava vanhu ngavandoita zvavo zvekupandukirana vava kwavo vega ava. vanorwirana nyika tikasara tapus apa

Grace Moyo - 12 July 2018

what a sign of an upcoming landslide victory for Mnangagwa and ZANU PF, shuwa why is the mdc keeping on deviding its votes

Virus Vigoroso - 12 July 2018

But havana chavagona manje coz matsotsi chaiwo chaiwo ndoavari kusya. vana Biti avo

Sankara - 12 July 2018

How can Shadreck Mashayamombe a G40 come ahead of true MDC cadres who have been in the trenches.....chasing away Maridadi??? Hoo nhai ndiko kutonga kwa Nero?????

wezhira - 12 July 2018

mainzwa tsvangi achitaura vakomana FAMBAI gwara rimwe CHAMISA famba Itai dzamara tatora nyika yedu.machinja ese ane rudo ana Chamisa ana dhiyabhurosi vakuita mazvake #handei tione

g40 - 12 July 2018

mainzwa tsvangi achitaura vakomana FAMBAI gwara rimwe CHAMISA famba Itai dzamara tatora nyika yedu.machinja ese ane rudo ana Chamisa ana dhiyabhurosi vakuita mazvake #handei tione

g40 - 12 July 2018

Some people do not understand politics, they just follow because they hate or dislike a particular individual. Chamisa is a Mugabe project from the on set, if you go back two or three years back, Chamisa wanted to coup Tsvangirai, for that not to happen Tsvangirai drew Chamisa closer to him so that he could monitor him at a close range rather than in distance, Tsvangirai further put a decoy in the fold og Mudzuri so that Chamisa could not suspect the move, Tsvangirai however met great resistance from Khupe because she thought she had been demoted or sidelined yet this was a well calculated move because now Tsvangirai had people closely monitoring ambitious Chamisa. Mugabes friends from the intelligence then sold Chamisa the grand master plan of marketing him in front of hundreds of thousands of MDC supporters during Tsvangirais funeral, because this was the only opportunity for Chamisa to be known by the masses. Chamisa made sure the MDC so called Vanguard Militia would deter Khupe from gaining authority or control over the party by threatening her or even eliminating her hence the move to burn her alive and send a strong signal to all those that opposed his self installed Chiefdom, so in terms of democracy Chamisa is a master class at orating democratic principles but never an implements of those principles, ask those from his college days how cunning he was by assigning others to do assignments for his behalf. in short Chamisa is not Democratic, he was on the panel that chose Chigumba, and even testified that she was the best candidate and it was he Chamisa who strongly recommended her to get the job but today he saying shes not qualified, time will tell who is telling the truth but im sure MDC Alliance now know how the Devil they signed a contract with is so deceptive and manipulting

Today tomorrow and forever - 12 July 2018

No one is above the party rules.If you have lost the primaries,ndizvozvo.I was also expecting the axe to fall on Majome girl.

Kufandada - 12 July 2018

mdc is always dsorder after dsorder

madikizela - 12 July 2018

what a house of discorded voices kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

kokerai chisvo - 12 July 2018

these guys thy have to understand kuti zvoto zvinemazera kwete kungohakira vanachamisa

kamba - 12 July 2018

khupe ndiye muridzi wemdc not chamisa

cde masango - 12 July 2018

mazvita zvekare mdc kkkkk haaa munondiremera kkkkkkk

cde white - 12 July 2018

I told u kuti kane dzungu kamufanaako, kakapinda ne 40 yez hakabvisike futy,will die in power wakadzingisa wanhu mabasa uyo ,ZUVA PETROLIYAMU,

madzibaba Amos - 12 July 2018

kusvika rinhi mdc ichine confusion kudai, thats why we are now saying ED pfee

Dzimbawe - 13 July 2018

MDC is a perfect opposite of Democracy. this can be evident by endless wars, conflicts, factions and betrayals.

Panda - 13 July 2018

amusati mati muchanyatsoziva zvenyu hudyire hwako chamisa mati fambe fambe.

blade - 13 July 2018

musatambe nemunhu ane hushingi hwekuroora chembere mhani. ha chamisa amusi kumuziva

dombo - 13 July 2018

ZANU killed a lot of people since before independence but MDC just accept difference of opinion and then separate.Separation is a solution that's why there is divorce

Ik - 13 July 2018

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