MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora has defended the expulsion of organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe from the party, saying if he thinks the move was unlawful, he can go to court or use other remedies.
Mwonzora also dismissed accusations that he was manipulating the election process to choose the late Morgan Tsvangirai’s successor. He said:
First and foremost, we have acted above board in accordance with the law.
Bhebhe himself participated in virtual meetings.
If he thinks that we acted unlawfully, he can find recourse in the courts or any other remedies.
The other thing is that we held the meeting virtually because of fear of exposure to COVID-19.
Secondly, it’s less expensive to hold virtual meetings and, thirdly, those who have wanted to use violence were unable to use that violence.
Mwonzora also said the party has abandoned using the provincial councils for nomination and decided to use the national council.
Meanwhile, a presidential candidate, who spoke on condition of anonymity, criticised the new nomination process.
He argued that using the national council instead of provincial councils is a departure from both tradition and procedure in the party.