The opposition MDC-T party has expelled 17 party members who are allegedly linked to breakaway vice-president Thokozani Khupe. The 17 are members of the Bulawayo provincial executive and were accused of ignoring party programmes among other allegations.
In a statement Bulawayo Provincial spokesperson Felix Magalela Sibanda said:
On March 25, the provincial executive fired some errant MDC-T members from the party. Those who are either MPs or councillors will be recalled from Parliament or council, whatever the case maybe.
They were fired primarily for putting the party into disrepute and disregarding national council resolutions, failure to attend party meetings and programmes.
…It was resolved that all in Parliament or council should be recalled, henceforth. For all fired have the right to appeal after within 14 days.
Some of the expelled officials include,
- Nomvula Mguni,
- Tamani Moyo
- Aleck Gumede
- Beauty Lifa
- Mildred Reason Mangena
- Mildred Ncube
- Emmelia Moyo
- Samson Mubemi Magwegwe
- Dorcus Ncube.
- Mqondisi Balanda Moyo
- Alfred Dzirutwe
- Sphathisiwe Moyo
- Nkanyiso Mabhena
- Sibongile Moyo
- Stanley and a Sbyleen.
- Edward Simela
- Mavis Mlilo
- Flora Gumbo
However, Khupe’s spokesperson, Witness Dube dismissed the expulsions saying,
When they claim to have fired Khupe and Bhebhe, Khupe openly said this was a non-event, as we have since dissociated ourselves from them. President Khupe has since called for an extraordinary congress, which was earlier on scheduled for April 7, but has since been postponed to April 21 due to security reasons.
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