The senseless blood-letting in the MDC continues with interim president Thokozani Khupe wielding the axe on 11 more councilors in Harare, including deputy mayor Enock Mupamawonde.
This comes as Khupe and Nelson Chamisa’s MDC factions are set for another titanic battle over the use of the name MDC Alliance in December local authority and National Assembly by-elections that arose after several MPs and councillors were recalled by the party. The wave of recalls came after the Supreme Court annulled Chamisa’s MDC presidency after ruling that Khupe should be the party’s interim leader – with the mandate to organise an extraordinary congress to elect a new party president using its 2014 structures. Khupe recently recalled Harare mayor Herbert Gomba and five other councillors.
In a letter dated September 12 to the Harare City Council, Local Government minister July Moyo said the MDC had recalled councillors and directed the local authority to immediately inform the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of the vacancies.
Moyo said he had been informed by the MDC that the councillors had been expelled from the party.
“In terms of section 278(1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe, as read with Section 129(i)(k), wards 24, 39, 19, 34, 30, 8, 40, 21, 29, 6, and 35 are now vacant,” Moyo wrote.