MDC-T leader Douglas Mwonzora says the latest round of recalls by his party on 16 MDC Alliance councillors loyal to opposition rivals were done last September but were strangely effected by Local Government Minister July Moyo just recently.
He was addressing the media at the Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House this Monday afternoon to respond to the outcome of the just ended by-elections in which his party failed to scrap a single seat in 28 electable and 117 council elections.
Just as Zimbabweans were still trying to digest the outcome of the by-elections, news emerged that MDC-T secretary general Paurina Mpariwa had recalled 16 provincial council members from eight provinces who had allegedly ceased to be members of the party.
But at the press briefing, Mwonzora admitted the recalls were done by his party but blamed the local government ministry of delaying the announcement.
“The recall of the councillors was not done recently unfortunately. What has been happening especially with the ministry of Local Government is the delay in the processing of the recalls…these recalls were done last year and were announced this year.
“What you did witness is the announcement of the recalls.
“The recalls were done maybe around September, October last year and we had actually forgotten about them,” he said.
Also responding to reports he has been suspended as MDC Alliance leader by coalition partners, Mwonzora said his party has tried to trace the authenticity of the letter and discovered that it was fake.
“We suspect that the letter is fake because Mr Bomani is not even in the country. We have phoned around and no one seems to know anything about it and we think that the letter is fake.
“We know that for the Alliance, there are two important organs that sit to make decisions like the one that is referred to in the letter, we have the liaison committee which is a committee of all the secretary generals of the Alliance. It is a committee that is chaired by us, by Senator (Morgen) Komichi.
“That committee did not sit and the committee of the alliance principals is scheduled to sit this week.”
Mwonzora said, “those are the two are the committees that could deal with those issues”, adding, “we suspect that this is somebody that is just up to mischief, it’s not an official letter at all.”