Suspended MDC's Top Official Re-instated

The MDC suspended its Director-General Toendepi Shonhe after he was accused of having an adulterous relationship with Sandra Mutsimba, a subordinate in the party’s information department. Mutsimba was also suspended.

Shonhe and Mutsimba were allegedly caught in a compromising position by Mutsimba’s husband at a Bulawayo lodge in November after which the Director-General allegedly assaulted Mutsimba’s husband, who lodged a police report at Bulawayo Central Police Station.

But both Shonhe and Mutsimba resumed their duties on Monday at harvest House, the MDC party headquarters.

Party sources at Harvest House disclosed that the two employees were executing their duties in the same capacities which they held prior to their suspension.

“The two are back and Shonhe is now pulling the strings,” said a source who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the case.

Efforts to obtain a comment from Norman Mabhena, who chaired a committee to probe the matter, were unsuccessful. The committee also comprises labour activist and legislator Lucia Matibenga and prominent Harare lawyer Innocent Chagonda.

Recently, Shonhe appeared in court where his wife, a school teacher dragged him to court seeking maintenance for herself and their children.

At the time of the alleged relationship Mutsimba refuted allegations that she was formally married as had been alleged in media reports.