THE MDC-T leadership row continues as the party will today hand-deliver letters of expulsion to suspended deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma and three others in a move meant to regularise their dismissal announced last week.
BY PAIDAMOYO MUZULU
The party’s national council last Thursday announced the expulsion of Mangoma, national executive member Last Maengahama, national youth secretary-general Promise Mkwananzi and former adviser to party leader Morgan Tsvangirai, Jacob Mafume.
The quartet last Friday through their spokesman, Mafume, disregarded the expulsions arguing they were done illegally without following the party’s constitution.
MDC-T spokesman Douglas Mwonzora confirmed that the party was formally writing to the quartet informing them about their expulsion.
They will be given an opportunity to respond to the charges.
“The decision to expel them will be formalised and the four will receive their letters tomorrow (today) formally advising them of the national council decision to fire them and the charges that gave rise to that conclusion by the party,” Mwonzora said.
He added: “The letters will advise them of the period they can make their responses to the charges for consideration by the national council. The period could be as long as two weeks from date of receipt of the letters.”
Clause 5:11A of the MDC-T constitution says a member may be expelled if the national council, by a two-thirds majority of all its members, is of the opinion that his or her continued membership would be seriously detrimental to the interests of the party.
It says the member shall be notified in writing of the grounds on which the national council is considering the termination of his or her membership and would be given a fair opportunity to make representations in writing or in person to the national council.
It further says national council would consider the member’s written or oral comments and respond to them before making their decision.
The leadership renewal wrangle has been raging since the dismal defeat inflicted by Zanu PF in the July 31 2013 polls.
Since then, a number of senior party members among them Mangoma, Elias Mudzuri, Iain Kay and Roy Bennett have openly voiced their concern that the party needed new leadership.