Speaker of the Zimbabwean Parliament Jacob Mudenda has announced that former Zanu (PF) secretary for administration and Headlands MP Didymus Mutasa and former Mashonaland West provincial chairperson and Hurungwe West legislator Temba Mliswa have been expelled from parliament.
In his announcement Mudenda said he considered Zanu PF’s letter which called for the recall of the two MPs who were expelled from the party two weeks ago.
“I took into consideration the party’s request to recall the legislators after they were expelled from the party. I also looked into the letter written by honourable Mutasa explaining that Zanu PF cannot recall him from the parliament because processes used to expel him were unconstitutional, however Mutasa’s letter had no merit,” Mudenda said.
“Vacancies have arisen in Headlands and Hurungwe West by operation of law.”Mudenda also said administrative processes will take place to allow for by-elections in those two places. However Zanu PF should prepare itself for an interesting duel after the two MPs vowed that they will contest in the by-elections.
Mutasa last week said he will contest as a member of his original Zanu PF while Mliswa said he will stand as an independent candidate. Hurungwe West Zanu PF supporters vowed to vote for Mliswa even if he stands as an independent candidate.
The intriguing turn of events is likely to send shivers down the spines of party hawks, on whose prompting president Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace effected brutal purges of senior officials, including Mliswa, who — together with former Vice President Joice Mujuru — have been accused of plotting to oust from power and assassinate the nonagenarian.
At a meeting of local party leaders at Karambazuma Secondary School a fortnight ago, where the region was celebrating last year’s good ‘O’ level results, gathered war veterans and other party officials completely dissociated themselves from a petition that had allegedly been written to Zanu (PF) headquarters in Harare to the effect that Mliswa should be expelled from the party — insisting that the petition was “fake”.
Efforts to get comments from the two legislators were fruitless after they were said to be in meetings.