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MDC-T recalls 15 MPs from Parliament

HARARE – The larger faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai on Thursday recalled 15 MP’s and 3 senators following resolutions made at its 4th National Congress over the weekend.

Tendai Biti and Morgan Tsvangirai
Tendai Biti vs Morgan Tsvangirai

Former Secretary General Tendai Biti and the 17 other senior party officials broke ranks with Tsvangirai in April this year accusing him of violating the party constitution and promoting violence.

A letter written by former Deputy Treasurer General Elton Mangoma also claimed Tsvangirai was damaged goods and could not move the party forward.

At a press conference in Harare on Thursday Tsvangirai’s faction announced that it was recalling the 18 lawmakers who had defected to what is now being referred to as the MDC Renewal Team.

The following is the list of those recalled from parliament.

1. Hon. Tendai Biti – Harare East Constituency
2. Hon. Willias Madzimure – Kambuzuma
3. Hon. Paul Madzore – Glen View South
4. Hon. Solomon Madzore – Dzivarasekwa
5. Hon. Lucia Matibenga – Kuwadzana West
6. Hon. Samuel Sipepa Nkomo – Lobengula
7. Hon. Reggie Moyo – Luveve
8. Hon. Evelyn Masaiti – PR
9. Hon. Bekithemba Nyathi – Mpopoma/Pelandaba
10. Hon. Moses Manyengavana – Highfield West
11. Hon. Albert Mhlanga – Pumula
12. Hon. Roseline Nkomo – Tsholotsho North
13. Hon. Settlement Chikwinya – Mbizo
14. Hon. Hon Judith Muzhavazhe – PR
15. Hon. Gorden Moyo – Makokob

Those recalled from Senate are:-

1. Sen. Sekai Holland – Chizhanje
2. Sen. Rorana Muchihwa – Chikomo
3. Sen. Watchy Sibanda – Mat South.

Its not the first time the MDC-T has sought to recall the legislators. The standoff has remained since May after the Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda rejected moves by Tsvangirai to recall the legislators who had defected.

In May, Mudenda, advised both MDC-T factions, one led by Tsvangirai and the other Biti to approach the courts in order to resolve their wrangling.

Following the suspension of Tsvangirai and five of his close lieutenants from the MDC-T in April, Biti had then written to Mudenda, advising him that only he had the mandate to write to recall from Parliament the so-called rebel legislators who are backing his renewal team.

The Tsvangirai camp, which in the aftermath of the suspensions subsequently retaliated by expelling Biti and his confidantes from the party, also wrote to Mudenda, with party vice president Thokozani Khupe, claiming their side was the legitimate one.

Mudenda responded to the two letters by directing the factions to take parliamentary matter to the courts as him and Senate President, Edna Madzongwe had no mandate in internal party issues.

Expectations had been that either of the two factions would consider seeking redress through the courts. But both seem reluctant to go to court.