In an interview with The Herald’s Political Editor Tichaona Zindoga (TZ) Obert Gutu (OG) said he has not received any letter of suspension hence he is still the MDC-T spokesperson.
He also said his suspension was not done according to the provisions of Article 5.11 as read with Article 12.1 of the MDC constitution. Below is an excerpt of the interview:
TZ: First of all what is Obert Gutu’s status in the MDC-T party and Alliance?
OG: Officially, I am the MDC-T national spokesperson. My purported suspension from office is null and void in that it dismally failed to comply with the provisions of Article 5.11 as read with Article 12.1 of the MDC constitution. My purported suspension is laughable, baseless, frivolous and vexatious.
Even to this very day, I still haven’t been served with a letter of suspension. Whoever is going to be foolish enough to author such a baseless and puerile letter will have to face the legal consequences of their stupidity and idiocy.
TZ: Can you explain what the constitutional provisions are and whether you have been served with a letter?
OG: Article 5.11 of the MDC constitution states that the National Council will have to vote by a two thirds majority if they wanted to take action against me regarding my continued membership of the party. I should also have been notified, in writing, of the reasons for my suspension.
In addition, I should have been afforded the opportunity to make representations in writing or in person to the National Council. All this was never complied with. It was more of a kangaroo court session. Article 12.1 of the MDC constitution stipulates that no disciplinary proceedings against any member of the National Standing Committee shall be commenced without the approval of a two thirds majority of the National Council.
The National Council never voted to take disciplinary measures against me. This is a complete dog’s breakfast. The kangaroo court session that purportedly suspended me should be dismissed with the utter contempt and disdain that it rightfully deserves.