MDC Alliance disengages from Parliament

  • MDC Alliance fires national executive members Morgen Komichi, Douglas Mwonzora and Elias Mudzuri for “cooperating with Zanu PF“

The MDC Alliance has ordered its Members of Parliament (MPs) to disengage from Parliament business with immediate effect, the Zim Morning Post reports.

This follows the recalling of its four legislators by the MDC-T earlier this week.

Addressing journalists at a press conference in Harare on Thursday MDC Alliance deputy spokesperson Job Sikhala said MPs will suspend participation in Parliament until consultations have been made.

“As a party we are disengaging from anything to do with Parliament, from anything to do with Zanu PF,” Sikhala said.

“This is in the interests of the people not in the interests of individuals.”

“We did not say they’re pulling out, we said they’re disengaging and hold consultations on whether to withdraw totally ,” Sikhala added.

The outspoken opposition leader added that the party’s decision was based upon the interests of the electorate who voted the MPs into office.

He further said the decision to pull out will only come from the National Standing Committee and party structures.

“The final decision about withdrawal will come at the end of a consultative process with the party’s structures and other interest groups,” added Sikhala.

The announcement comes after the Supreme Court recently upheld a previous High Court judgement that declared Nelson Chamisa an illegitimate leader of the MDC.

The court ruled that Thokozani Khupe was the legitimate acting president of the party when Chamisa wrestled his way to power after the the death of founding leader, Morgan Tsvangirai.

Khupe and Douglas Mwonzora later recalled four legislators from Parliament Charlton Hwende, Prosper Mutseyami, Thabitha Khumalo and Lilian Temvos.

Speaking to Zim Morning Post political analyst Eldred Masunungure said the move by the MDC Alliance will not destabilise Parliament by virtue of Zanu PF having a two-thirds majority.

“Parliament can only dissolve when two thirds have resigned and as it is MDC controls less than a third hence that move will make no difference and parliament will continue with its sessions as a party,” said Masunungure.

“They have exhausted all their legal options now what is left is to use their political power to communicate their dissatisfaction,” added Masunungure.

Meanwhile, the MDC Alliance has expelled Morgen Komichi, Elias Mudzuri and Douglas Mwonzora for “cooperating with Zanu PF and the State”. –Zim Morning Post

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