The Douglas Mwonzora-led MDC-T has recalled a councillor from Lupane, Cllr June Mpofu, of Matshiya Ward 15 under the Kusile Rural District Council.
However, Cllr Mpofu has vowed to challenge his recall saying he cannot be recalled by the opposition party since he belongs to the Welshman Ncube-led MDC faction under the MDC Alliance banner.
Kusile RDC Chief Executive Officer Christopher Chuma wrote a letter to Cllr Mpofu, dated 25 January, informing him that the latter had been expelled from the MDC-T. The letter read in part:
The Minister of Local Government and Public Works has declared Matshiya Ward 15 of Kusile Rural District Council, this is upon receipt of communication from the Movement of Democratic Change (T) (MDCT) advising that Councillor June Mpofu of Matshiya Ward 15 Kusile Rural District Council has been expelled from the party.
… The vacancy is with immediate effect and the council will process any allowances that are due to you at the date of this letter.
Cllr Mpofu told CITE that the recall was instigated by people who were offended because he refused to ‘cross over’ to the Thokozani Khupe faction. He said:
There is a candidate who lost the election who has been bothering me saying I should join their faction. I don’t intend to leave my party for any reason.
This letter only came when I refused to yield to his request. I will meet up with my party leaders and we will discuss a way forward.
Reports indicate that Mwonzora intends to wield the axe on some legislators and councillors who are loyal to Khupe, a former MDC-T acting president who was verbally and physically abused at the party’s extraordinary congress last month.