Parliament rejects MDC-T’s demand

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PARLIAMENT has rejected MDC-T’s demand to withdraw 18 MPs among them Tendai Biti and his Renewal Team members citing pending the High Court case which will determine who are the legal leaders of the party.

PAIDAMOYO MUZULU
SENIOR REPORTER

This is the second time in seven months that Parliament has turned down the Morgan Tsvangirai led MDC-T’s request to withdraw the MPs and declare the seats vacant.

MDC-T had written to Parliament arguing that Biti and his team — who split from the party in April — should be withdrawn.

The Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda and President of the Senate Ednah Madzongwe yesterday in nearly identical letters turned down MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora’s request to declare the seats vacant.

The presiding officers in their letter said the MDC-T congress was not a judicial decision on who the true leaders of the party were in the present dispute.

“I wish to advise you that the alleged resolution made at your MDC-T party congress does not constitute a judicial decision,” they wrote, “In the result, I hereby inform you that I cannot accede to your purported instructions to the Speaker as per your interpretation of section 129 (1) (k) of the Constitution.”

In their letters in May 2014 the presiding officers argued that: “This was clearly an issue of legitimacy in the administration of the MDC-T party and that neither the Honourable President of the Senate nor the Speaker of the National Assembly has any authority to make a determination as to who within the MDC-T party has the right to recall MPs in terms of section 129 (1) (k) of the Constitution.”

Parliament reminded Mwonzora that the party’s leadership dispute was still pending before the High Court in case number HC 5303/2014.

This is the second time the leadership wrangle in the MDC has come before the courts after a split. The first time was in 2005 when Welshman Ncube and others split from the party after Tsvangirai overrode a national council resolution to participate in senate elections.

The matter was finally settled out of court.

31 COMMENTS

  1. ah handiti ndevavo. And there i was thinking kut that section 129(1)k iri clear kuti if one ceases to be a member of the party that sponsored him/her. Or do i see a zpf hand in this renewal.remember zanu wil split soon weevils risk havin’ gamatoxians vave ne party kana paka setewa precedenc yakadai. Hai rona are duleng re bokhele gore go tla bjang hezvoko!

    • Haufunge! On what basis do you say ‘handiti ndevavo’? You are biased, you support MDCT, but Mudenda doesn’t support MDCt. He therefore can not determine which one is the real MDC pambiri idzi, more so as the matter is still sub-judice. If you didn’t have a short memory you would recall the Biti group also asked the Speaker for a similar favour last year, and their bid wa turned down!

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  2. To hell with you Mudenda,i saw this thing coming.MDC T held its congress and new leaders were chosen,and what it says now is that the Party has a mandate to dismiss the arrogant and renegates MPs from our Party.

    Zanu pf is siding with the renegates MPs,zvichapera chete.You wont get away with this,bastard.

    • Rega kutuka vamwe iwe, everyone is entitled to their opinion. Bastard rokuitasei? A member is elected into the house by his constituency for a full term. He has a mandate from the people until THEY decide otherwise. His boss is the electorate. Kwete zvenyu izvi tibvire apa..

  3. Renewal team is a zanu pf project that’s why, Mudenda kwenyu kuZanu you are suspending and expelling why muchida kuti another party isadero because you know ndevenyu vanhu avo, manje nguva dzinofamba zvichapfuura bedzi.

    • Hauna kumbondzva kunzi Zanupf yabvisa munhu mu Parliament. Party inobvisa munhu muma structures ayo chete. That’s as far as its authority can go. Dzidzai mhani vanhu vokwa tsvangiston. Haaa!

  4. Is Parliament questioning which is the real Mdc-T, between Mdc-Renewal Team & Mdc-T? Parliament needs demonstrate prototype justice, or mature sense of justice, the wisdom of the paramount Chief Munhumutapa. Agnostic political hypocricy is unAfrican & retrogressive. One really hopes the same parliament wont live to regret the conduct they are fanning. Our legislature need to demonstrate that Africa does not find its native sense of justice tied to its exotic legal systems.

  5. None of the Renewal Team members were elected at the MDC-T congress that saw the defeat of Chamisa and others. They did not protest or stop the congress as members of MDC-T. Why?. if it was an illegal congress, why have we not heard of a court action?The Renewal Team led by Mufume and Tendai Biti were quick to try to snap Chamisa from MDC-T because they wanted him in their team. They may still claim to belong to MDC-T but are no longer in the executive as new office bearers were chosen and it automatically means Tendai Biti ceased to be the Secretary General on that day. The Speaker of Parliament knows this too.

    Mr Obert Gutu, what is the objective of recalling MPs from parliament when you resolved not to participate in by-elections? Tendai Biti and company are not your enemies, they are fighting the same cause from the other side. Remember ZANU/ZAPU?. Why are you confusing the electorate like that? When you think its in the bag, you decide to participate and when you are facing defeat you decide to boycott. We do not like such opposition. Make up your mind and be focused. ZANU pf is tearing each other apart and how have you consolidated your position during this confusion in ZANU. Majaira kutambisa vanhu nokuti vane nzara

  6. There is no need to worry because one Porusingazi has been suspended by zanu pf for 5years and very soon he will be recalled from parly . We will then see how the speaker will handle the case.

  7. The issue raised by the speaker is genuine. The case is at the courts. He is not above the court. As for Porusingazi,he wil be recalled cause there is one Zanu pf. Lets not support blindly

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  11. These MPs are no longer in the MDC-T. They are called MDC-RENEWAL TEAM. These are two totally different parties. One is coloured red. One is coloured orange. They already have an interim leadership. At the moment they are representing an MDC-T constituence while they are MDC-RT. Ngavadzoke kuno kwatiri muone tikavagamuchira. They were not voted in by parliament but isu povo on the understanding that they are MDC-T. Isu hatigone kumiririrwa nevanhu vasisade Tsvangson coz their victory was not as independent but vaiva vakaberekwa naMT. Kana mune nharo bvisai RGM moisa mumwe muone kuzvamburwa kwamunoitwa paelection. Pple vote for who ever, nyangwe gudo(as the late Mzee said) coz rakamiririra RGM. We are losing as constituences nokuti hatina mumiririri. Tipeiwo maelections now 4 years is a long time takamirira matare. Iwo matare acho sei achinonoka kandi.

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    Soon mdc we shall join the gamtox faction to remove a dictator whilst Biti joins his Zanu weevil folks.
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