By Nkosana Dlamini
The MDC led by Welshman Ncube has summarily suspended four party officials accusing them of association with the Douglas Mwonzora led MDC-T.
Ncube’s MDC is a partner in the broader MDC Alliance headed by Nelson Chamisa.
Despite the famed merger, Ncube’s party has kept its structures intact to a point of suspending its officials.
In a memo leaked to Zimstar News by a party official, MDC National Disciplinary Committee chair advised Faruah Jele advised Christopher Monera of his immediate suspension as party Secretary for Publicity and Research.
“The MDC National Disciplinary Committee met on Monday 9th August 2021 to consider the allegations that you facilitated and attended a meeting at the Douglas Mwonzora led MDC-T Head office on or around 3rd August 2021 without the mandate from the Party,” the letter reads.
“Accordingly, you are hereby being notified that you have been suspended, with immediate effect from your position as Secretary for Publicity and Research and from your membership of the party pending appearance before the National Disciplinary Committee on charges of breaching Clauses 4.4 (b)4.4 (c) and 4.4(c) and 4.10(s) of the party constitution.
“The allegation levelled against you include acting in defiance of standing National Council resolutions, bringing the name of the party into disrepute, acting in a manner prejudicial to the interests of the party by inter alia purporting to be the Principal of the party and attending as well as facilitating other party members to attend meetings organised by the Douglas Mwonzora led MDC-T.”
Also among suspended officials are Tarisai Mandaza (chairman), Munhangu Musevenzo (secretary for training and political education) and Gift Kurupati, a National Council member.
Monera, who is also MDC shadow MP for Mhondoro-Mubaira, refused to comment on his suspension but one MDC official who preferred to remain anonymous said the charges against his colleagues would not stick as the party’s disciplinary committee members have “long crossed the floor to the 2019 MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa, and are not members of MDC formerly led by Professor Welshman Ncube…so they have no powers to masquerade as MDC officials.”
Mwonzora was granted rights over the MDC by the courts last year following intense power squabbles with Chamisa.
The Nyanga senator has turned bitter enemy to the Chamisa led party.