Some MDC Alliance legislators who have hitherto been aligned to the party’s leader Nelson Chamisa are contemplating jumping ship and joining the MDC-T led by Thokozani Khupe because “they have no choice”.
A legislator who asked not to be named told the Daily News over the weekend that he had been waiting for the court to make a ruling before making a firm decision on his allegiance. Said the legislator:
We wanted the courts to make a definitive ruling, and now we know who to follow. It is clear that we now have to follow the ‘official party’ that is led by Khupe for now. There is no choice.
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I’m not alone on this and I know that there are many other MPs who are going to jump ship this week because we all have so much to lose.
Meanwhile, reinstated MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora has ordered MDC Alliance MPs to attend Parliament or face the consequences. He said:
We have advised MPs to attend Parliament. We are expecting to see everyone in Parliament on Tuesday now that the matter has been settled by the courts.
Some MPs had been lied to that the court was going to uphold the (Chamisa team) application. We expect the MPs in Parliament or they will face the consequences.
The majority of MDC Alliance MPs had been boycotting all parliamentary business in protest over the expulsion of four legislators by the Khupe faction.
On Friday the High Court rejected an application by the MDC Alliance to stop the MDC’s interim leadership led by Khupe to stop the further recalling from Parliament of party legislators loyal to Chamisa.