MDC-T Hwange Central MP Brian Tshuma could face a disciplinary hearing by his party over allegations of attending a Zanu PF rally addressed by Umguza MP Obert Mpofu in Hwange early this month, party sources said yesterday.
Report by Nqobile Bhebhe, Senior Reporter
But MDC-T national deputy chairperson Morgan Komichi dismissed the reports as mere speculation.
“From what I know nothing has been brought to me in form of a written report on him (Tshuma) attending that rally. It’s just speculation at the moment. Maybe investigations are still at provincial level,” Komichi said.
However, impeccable party sources told NewsDay yesterday that Tshuma together with Hwange Rural District Council chairperson Cosmas Kaboloma Ndlovu early this month made a surprise appearance at Mpofu’s rally in Dinde. Dinde falls under Tshuma’s constituency.
Speaking at the same rally, Mpofu said he was working well with Tshuma.
“If you concentrate on your personal goals, you will be letting them down. Tshuma, things are changing here. The people in your constituency are in need of food and if you give them three haulage trucks of maize, I will bring six,” Mpofu said.
MDC-T sources told NewsDay yesterday the party had already launched investigations into Tshuma’s conduct with the aim of subjecting him to a disciplinary hearing.
Repeated efforts to contact Tshuma for comment on his mobile phone were fruitless.
The sources, however, maintained the pending disciplinary action against Tshuma was meant to punish the Hwange MP for defeating Komichi in the last party primary elections.
“Remember Tshuma defeated Komichi during primary elections and the latter is still nursing that pain. Therefore, it’s a perfect opportunity for Komichi to nail Tshuma,” the source added.
Komichi is a non-constituency senator, who is tipped to replace the late Tichaona Mudzingwa as Transport deputy minister.
Meanwhile, Komichi is on record as saying he would contest the Sanyati parliamentary seat which currently falls under Zanu PF’s Fungai Chaderopa.