By Rumbidzai Takawira
THE drama unfolding in the opposition MDC took another twist this Tuesday after the party recalled senior officials from parliament, among them leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Thabitha Khumalo, chief whip Prosper Mutseyami and party Secretary General Charlton Hwende.
Speaker of Parliament Advocate Jacob Mudenda confirmed in the National Assembly that Prosper Mutseyami (Dangamvura), Charlton Hwende (Kuwadzana East), Thabitha Khumalo (proportional representation) and Senator Lillian Timveous (Midlands) are no longer Members of Parliament following a recall by the opposition party.
MDC-T Secretary GenerL Doiglous Mwonzora explained; “We have recalled 4 members of parliament, three in the National Assembly and one in the senate.the main reason why we recalled them is because they seized to be members of our party by their own declaration.”
Responding, MDC alliance Vice President Tendai Biti said; “We have always made it clear that the MDC-Alloance is a political party led by Nelson Chamisa that is the political party which participated in the 2018 elections. That party contested with other parties including the MDC-T including ZanuPf. That party was not part of the Supreme Court judgement so to do the gross injustice.”
Recalled Senator Lilian Timveous added; “They just told me that I seize to be a member of MDC T so I’m just going home I’m just going to pass through harvest house and report that I’ve been fired.”
The legislators were elected under the banner of the MDC Alliance, a coalition of opposition parties that contested the 2018 harmonised elections. They were seconded to the Alliance by the MDC-T which has now recalled them from Parliament.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to proclaim by-elections dates for the affected constituencies in due course.
Meanwhile, Advocate Jacob Mudenda said Parliament has been adjourned to the 19th of this month to allow the administration to deal with the necessary arrangements for a full sitting of parliament including the Portfolio committees.
He said they also need to make necessary arrangements with the hotels that are closed in terms of the national lockdown.