MDC vice president, Welshman Ncube has warned fringe political parties in Matabeleland, such as ZAPU and Mthwakazi against pushing for the ouster of Bulawayo councillors.
The councillors are mainly from the MDC Alliance and have lately been accused of massive corruption.
There have been calls for the removal of Shona-speaking councillors, with some movements demanding that the government establish a commission to run the affairs of the city.
Ncube expressed his dismay over the calls on Twitter. He wrote:
We never learn… Less than two years ago, some among us were busy cheering and ululating the unconstitutional overthrow of the (Robert) Mugabe regime and fantasising that his stormtroopers would usher in a new era of democracy and economic prosperity and here we are witnessing Bulawayo repeat the same mistake.
Whatever are the mistakes we have made as MDC or as councillors, they are all capable of correction and rectification by us within the democratic ethos without inviting a coup government to do a coup against an elected council.
After all, the Mayor his Worship Solomon Mguni has already started the corrective process both on procedural and substantive issues.
In the circumstances, it is a grave mistake to clamour for a negation of the democracy of the people of Bulawayo as expressed by them only a year ago.
MDC national chairperson, Tabitha Khumalo weighed in, castigating the political parties for calling for the creation of a ZANU PF appointed commission when it was the ruling party which has brought suffering to the people.