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Tracy Mutinhiri loses her parliamentary seat

By Zvamaida Murwira

Zanu PF has notified the House of Assembly of its decision to expel Marondera East MP Mrs Tracy Mutinhiri and that she can no longer represent the party in Parliament.

Former Zanu PF MP Tracy Mutinhiri
Former Zanu PF MP Tracy Mutinhiri

Mrs Mutinhiri won the March 2008 parliamentary seat on a Zanu-PF ticket. She was fired recently for working against the party in her constituency. Speaker of House of Assembly, Lovemore Moyo is now expected to formally announce the expulsion in the House and notify the President that there is a vacant seat in her constituency.

Zanu-PF secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa said a letter has since been sent to Parliament. “We wrote a letter to the Speaker as required by the country’s Constitution, notifying him of our decision on her. You can ask the Speaker if you have any other querries,” said Mutasa. Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma confirmed receipt of the letter. “Yes the letter has been delivered, it is with the Speaker,” said Zvoma.

CLOSELY GUARDED... An armed police officer keeps a close eye on deputy Minster of Labour, Tracy Mutinhiri, at her Marondera farm, which a group of Zanu PF members tried to take over. (Pic: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
CLOSELY GUARDED... An armed police officer keeps a close eye on deputy Minster of Labour, Tracy Mutinhiri, at her Marondera farm, which a group of Zanu PF members tried to take over. (Pic: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

The expulsion of Mrs Mutinhiri from the party also inevitably means she will lose her Government post as Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Services. Section 41 of the Constitution, does not provide Parliament with any discretion as it only requires that the secretary general of a political party writes a letter to the Speaker if a legislator is no longer representing the party’s interests.

ZANU-PF has notified the House of Assembly of its decision to expel Marondera East MP Mrs Tracy Mutinhiri and that she can no longer represent the party in Parliament. Mrs Mutinhiri won the March 2008 parliamentary seat on a Zanu-PF ticket. She was fired recently for working against the party in her constituency.

Speaker of House of Assembly, Lovemore Moyo is now expected to formally announce the expulsion in the House and notify the President that there is a vacant seat in her constituency. Zanu-PF secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa said a letter has since been sent to Parliament.

“We wrote a letter to the Speaker as required by the country’s Constitution, notifying him of our decision on her. You can ask the Speaker if you have any other querries,” said Mutasa. Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma confirmed receipt of the letter.

“Yes the letter has been delivered, it is with the Speaker,” said Zvoma. The expulsion of Mrs Mutinhiri from the party also inevitably means she will lose her Government post as Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Services.

Section 41 of the Constitution, does not provide Parliament with any discretion as it only requires that the secretary general of a political party writes a letter to the Speaker if a legislator is no longer representing the party’s interests.

In July Mutinhiri infuriated Zanu PF big wigs when she accused the party of murdering opposition MDC-T activists. After Zanu PF thugs invaded her farm she accused CIO agents of wanting to kill her and dump her body in the Wenimbe dam “like they did to hundreds of innocent suspected MDC supporters in June 2008.”

Mutinhiri is locked in a bitter feud with State Security Minister Sidney Sekeramayi and others in ZANU PF, who accuse her of being too ‘cosy’ with the MDC-T and even cited a trip she made with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. The supreme decision making body, the politburo met last month and resolved to dismiss the former Women’s League national political commissar.

Wendall Parson and Vimbai Mutinhiri
Tracy and former husband retired Brigadier-General Ambrose Mutinhiri came together to meet Big Brother daughter Vimbai and eventually winner Wendall Parson at the airport

In a written response, addressed to Zanu PF national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo, to the allegations levelled against her and which led to her firing from the party, Mutinhiri accused Sekeramayi of trying to use his influence to sleep with her and that she turned down his sexual advances.

“Please take note. I don’t hate Senator Sekeramayi as a person. But I dislike his deeds and machinations towards me.

“I might have turned down his advances but he cannot continuously hold a grudge against me because that will not make me change my mind, Handimude zvangu (I do not want) to have a relationship with him,” wrote Mutinhiri.

In the letter, Mutinhiri described a cocktail of clashes she had with Sekeramayi in Mashonaland East Province.

“I have never denounced Zanu PF at any fora. I have done my developmental projects in my constituency, in peace, until, unfortunately, Senator Sekeramayi started influencing my former officer, Kaserera to work against me, simply because I turned down and resisted his love advances.

“Must I have slept with Senator Sekeramayi to be loyal to the party? Unfortunately, I am a principled and dignified woman and would not sell my body for anything,” she wrote.

Mutinhiri, in her letter, accuses Sekeramayi of causing the destruction of her marriage with Brigadier Ambrose Mutinhiri. She believes Sekeramayi could have instigated the divorce with his husband so that he would then step into the former brigadier’s shoes.

“… We would still be together with Ambrose, if it was not for Senator Sekeramayi who instigated the breakdown of my marriage and all the sufferings and misery I am going through up to this day,” Mutinhiri said.  Nehanda Radio/The Herald

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