The MDC Alliance (MDC-A) Standing Committee has recommended the expulsion of Tendai Masotsha, its women’s chair for Bulawayo province for “conduct that violates the values of the party”.
Some party members and supporters have accused Masotsha of working with the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) to undermine the party, allegations she has previously denied.
In a statement on Thursday, MDC-A national spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere said the party dissociates itself from Masotsha’s utterances which she made soon after she was exonerated from allegations of abetting the abduction of Tawanda Muchehiwa by the so-called Ferret Force in July. Said Mahere:
The MDC Alliance unequivocally dissociates itself with the utterances expressed by Tendai Masotsha in an audio recording which was circulated publicly on or about the 24th of November 2020, post our internal inquiry.
The said utterances run contrary to the values, beliefs, principles and disposition of the party. As a matter of record, the alleged conversation with Hon Jameson Timba never took place.
As a party of rules, the National Standing Committee resolves and recommends to the National Council that Tendai Masotsha be expelled from the MDC Alliance in accordance with the provisions of the Party Constitution on the grounds that her conduct violates the values that govern the party and her continued membership would be detrimental to the MDC Alliance.
In the audio recording alluded to by Mahere, Masotsha claimed that Muchehiwa was working with 20 people who were armed with guns and were planning to bomb government buildings on 31 July.
Masotsha also claimed that he had told Timba about the alleged planned acts of banditry when she appeared before the MDC-A tribunal.
Timba, however, dismissed Masotsha’s claims saying such a conversation never took place.