The MDC has recalled expelled Chegutu mayor Henry Muchatibaya. Party secretary-general Chalton Hwende on August 20, 2019, wrote to Local Government Minister July Moyo and advised him to remove Muchatibaya from the council.
The MDC said that Muchatibaya was no longer a member of the MDC after he reportedly lambasted the party ahead of its planned August 16 demonstrations.
In the run-up to the protests, Muchatibaya was quoted by state media as saying:
MDC-Alliance is now being run by selfish and power-hungry people who are not working for the people, but for positions.
These people have their selfish interests and they are using people to push their selfish agendas.
These Friday demonstrations that are being preached by MDC-Alliance leadership are tools being used to push for positions.
The party is being run as a project and totally different from when we joined.
There are people who still do not see that they are being used by this leadership.