An attempt by 21 members of the MDC Renewal Team that broke away from the mainstream MDC-T led by Morgan Tsvangirai to challenge their expulsion from Parliament was thrown out after the Constitutional Court agreed with Speaker Jacob Mudenda and Senate President ednah Madzingwe to announce that their positions were up for grabs after being recalled by Tsvangirai.
The move has deepened turmoil in the opposition ranks and is likely to diminish the MDC’s voice in parliament, where President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF already has a large majority.
Chief Justice Chidyausiku said the challenge by Biti and his group lacked merit and dismissed the case.
By elections to fill vacant positions will be held on June 10 and Zanu (PF) has been holding primary elections to fill vacant positions.
Tsvangirai, who has led the MDC since its formation in 1999, has said his party would boycott June by-elections to replace the lawmakers in protest against Mugabe’s refusal to reform electoral practice