HARARE – The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai has overturned a decision by the party’s Mashonaland East leadership to suspend former Marondera Central Member of Parliament, Ian Kay for five years.
The Mashonaland East province suspended Kay for publicly hinting that Tsvangirai should step down after Zanu PF’s controversial victory in the July 31 elections. This was on the back of a similar call by exiled party treasurer Roy Bennett.
But party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora said it was not an offence to talk about leadership renewal. Mwonzora together with Tsvangirai met Kay to reprimand him for making public comments without following proper party procedures.
“Kay went to see the president of the party. They had discussions and they resolved matters. If we had received communication from Mashonaland East we would have advised them of these developments that took place but we did not see the letter from them,” he said.
Mwonzora said the province could only recommend certain actions to the national executive committee.
“They recommend in writing and not through the press. Recommending things to us as a leadership through the press is like giving us advice in the press, it is very difficult to work like that,” he said.
“What we have said about leadership renewal is that it should be a preserve of the members of the MDC. Therefore it is a thing that should not be discussed with members of the public or members of other political parties. Going to the press with these kinds of issues is inviting discussion from non-members,” he said.