The Thokozani Khupe-led MDC-T has recommended the expulsion of five Bulawayo MDC Alliance (MDC-A) councillors for insubordination.
The five councillors are former Deputy Mayor, Tinashe Kambarami (Ward Three) who is already barred from office pending the outcome of a Supreme Court appeal on his legitimacy to be a councillor, Concillia Mlalazi (Ward 18), Alderman Earnest Rafamoyo (Ward 20), Councillor Tinevimbo Maphosa (Ward 21) and Ald Norman Hlabani (Ward 26).
MDC-T Bulawayo provincial secretary Nomvula Mguni wrote letters to Khupe and party’s acting secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora requesting the recalling of the five.
The Bulawayo Province has decided to recall the councillors guided by the party’s constitution which state that every member shall have the duty to accept and conform to the constitution, policies, principles, rules and regulations of the party.
And also to conduct oneself in a manner which is not prejudicial to the interests of the party and in particular to adhere to the code of conduct of the party, to observe discipline, not engage in any form of violence, to behave honestly and carry out loyal decisions of the party.
In March, the Supreme Court ruled that when MDC Alliance leader Nelson became MDC-T president in 2018, he did so in violation of the party’s constitution, therefore, Khupe must assume the presidency albeit in an acting capacity pending an extraordinary congress.
Even though Chamisa and Khupe contested the 2018 elections as leaders of separate political formations, MDC-A and MDC-T respectively, Khupe has taken over Chamisa’s MPs and Councillors even though she lost heavily in the election.