Mutinhiri Faces Sack From Parliament

Moyo confirmed receipt of the letter from Zanu (PF) informing him about Mutinhiri’s expulsion from the party.

“I have received a letter from Zanu (PF) Secretary for Administration Honourable Didymus Mutasa advising me, in my capacity as the Speaker of Parliament, that one of their members Honourable Tracy Mutinhiri is no longer a member of their political party with effect from 2nd of September 2011,” said Moyo, in an interview with Radio VOP.

Mutinhiri, who is also Labour and Social Services deputy minister, is being accused by her party of de-campaigning the party and having a relationship with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), an arch enemy to Zanu (PF).

Moyo said he has since referred Zanu (PF)’s letter to Parliament’s Council to assess whether the communication of termination meets all the legal requirements.

Zimbabwe’s Constitution gives power to a sponsoring party to terminate the membership of any member it deems is no longer representing its interests.

Mutinhiri’s impending expulsion will become the fourth sitting MP to be expelled from the House since the 2008 harmonised elections at the instigation of their respective parties.

In 2009, the then Arthur Mutambara led MDC also forced the expulsion of its members Abednico Bhebhe (Nkayi South), Njabuliso Mguni (Lupane East) and Norman Mpofu (Bulilima East).

Coincidentally, the trio was also being accused of sabotaging party interests in favour of the MDC-T.