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MDC-T voids Ian Kay’s suspension

THE MDC-T has said the decision by the party’s Mashonaland East leadership to suspend former Marondera Central Member of Parliament, Ian Kay for five years is not valid.


Kay was suspended for backing calls by the party’s self-exiled treasurer, Roy Bennett that there should be leadership renewal in the MDC-T after the party suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Zanu-PF in the July 31 elections.

MDC-T spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora told The Standard that contrary to the decision by the Mashonaland East leadership, the issue of Kay had long been resolved.

Mwonzora said he together with MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai met Kay to reprimand him for making public comments supporting leadership renewal without following proper party procedures.

“Kay went to see the president of the party. They had discussions and they resolved matters. If we had received communication from Mashonaland East we would have advised them of these developments that took place but we did not see the letter from them,” he said.

Mwonzora said the province could only recommend certain actions to the national executive committee.

“They recommend in writing and not through the press. Recommending things to us as a leadership through the press is like giving us advice in the press, it is very difficult to work like that,” he said.

Despite claims by the Mashonaland East executive that it had submitted the letter of Kay’s suspension to Harvest House, Mwonzora said this was not the case.

“Unfortunately we have not received any letter from Mashonaland East province, although I have had an oral discussion with the chairperson when I raised it with him yesterday (Thursday),” Mwonzora said.

The MDC-T spokesperson insisted that it was not an offence to talk about leadership renewal.

“What we have said about leadership renewal is that it should be a preserve of the members of the MDC.

“Therefore it is a thing that should not be discussed with members of the public or members of other political parties. Going to the press with these kinds of issues is inviting discussion from non-members,” he said.

The issue of leadership renewal is a hot potato within the MDC-T amid reports of serious clashes over the issue. Senior party officials among them Bennett, Kay and recently Warren Park Member of Parliament Elias Mudzuri called for debate over the issue. Some of the MDC-T officials are said to be pushing for Tsvangirai to resign and call for an early congress in 2014 instead of 2016.

7 Responses to MDC-T voids Ian Kay’s suspension

  1. the surrealist November 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    now thats team leadership as opposite to dictatorship. politics is a game of leading and following one another.
    mulungushi was adequately humiliated as to have seen his folly in not simply stamping around as done by his counterpart across the road haha !!

  2. parapinda November 17, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    a very confused party. Seems the chain of command in Mdct is loose n nt defined…kkkkk. Saka Mwonzora murikutya kudzinga murungu uyu asi moda kudzinga macouncillors who dd their duty in voting fo quality pple z mayors n deputy mayors??….hypocrites.

  3. farai November 17, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    How can you fire the owners of the party? It’s no secret, Tsvangirai &his troop of ‘hangers on’ itsvimbo dze ma Rhodesians. This should stick into the heads of all those who have been taken for a ride by Morgiza in the name of democracy.

  4. gush November 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    Survival of the fittest!You don’t bite the hand that feeds you!Politics in zim is driven mainly by selfish means!It is never an agenda to emancipate the poor but use the poor to go up!Shame! May those bent on suffocating the cause of the real poor never cross jordan and reach our promised land!God will raise the joshuas,Gideons to lead His people!Real leaders across the political divide is what we need!!

  5. chimwango November 17, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    MDC T Mashonaland East leadership were mistaken.They made a suggestion but did not wait for the final decision from the senior officials of the party.It does not mean that I support leadership change in the party because its not yet time to do so.Actually to do so is like singing a song that has been composed by Zanu Pf.We are still looking forward for a change in this country through MDC T.It is still possible if supporters and leaders behave ourselves through following proper procedure

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  7. Gutter Poet November 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    Mr Mwonzora, how about getting a professional PR firm to manage the information flow and your relations with the media? You have a very angry and confused membership presently, why not allow them to seeth in anger without adding unnecessary confusion into the mix? Please clear the airwaves so that information flows better..presently this fire fighting makes you come up as someone who has no clue what your office entails..

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