The Multiracial Christian Democrats (MCD) has challenged the judicially-created MDC-T party led by Thokozani Khupe over the recent recall of MDC Alliance MPs and subsequent nomination of their replacements.
MCD argues that they are being sidelined by the MDC-T despite it being a major stakeholder in the 2017 MDC Alliance electoral pact.
The MCD chief convener, Mathias Guchutu told NewZimbabwe.com that Khupe and her supporters breached the Composite Political Cooperation Agreement (CPCA) of 2017 when they unilaterally expelled MPs from Parliament and forwarded to ZEC a list of their preferred candidates to replace the expelled legislators.
A letter that was written last week by the MCD to the Khupe-led party, which they said was received by Morgen Komichi as the national chairman on behalf of MDC-T read in part:
It is our opinion that MDC-T’s decision to unilaterally appoint proportional representatives (PR) without consulting alliance partners over the replacement of Manicaland and Midlands constituencies’ PR representatives is illegal and can be objected at the ZEC (Zimbabwe Electoral Commission).
Please note that although ZEC has given 14 days to lodge complaints, we feel as alliance partners we need to engage you first on the matter before we approach ZEC.
It’s a cause for concern that the MDC-T did not even entertain the courtesy of, at least, informing the alliance partners of their notice to fill parliamentary vacancies following the recent recalls of MPs.
Two weeks ago, Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF), another party which contested the 2018 elections under the MDC Alliance pact, also wrote a letter to the MDC-T demanding $1 million the party was allocated through the Political Parties Finance Act.