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MDC gives Mwonzora ultimatum

THE Nelson Chamisa-led MDC is divided over the expulsion of its members that took part in the July 30 elections as independent candidates amid revelations that secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora was given a seven-day ultimatum to implement the party’s resolutions.


After the elections, the party resolved to expel all those who stood as independent candidates along with everyone who campaigned for them.

MDC chairperson Tabitha Khumalo recently wrote to Mwonzora on October 4 giving him a seven-day ultimatum to implement the resolutions of the national council regarding the expulsions.

“You will be aware that the national council at its sitting on August 29, 2018 resolved that all those who contested as independent candidates together with those who supported them automatically expelled themselves from the party,” Khumalo’s letter read.

“As the custodian of the party and other communication of the party, you are kindly requested to write to all those independent candidates and those who supported them in line with this extant national council resolution.

“This must be done within seven days from receiving this letter.”

But, Mwonzora on October 12 appeared to be defying the directive after he wrote to provincial, district and ward chairpersons asking those affected by the ban to present their cases.

“Please note that those people who stood as independent candidates, but feel that there is no justification in their expulsion must make their representation to the national chairperson in writing immediately,” he wrote.

“Further, regarding all those people who are alleged to have supported independent candidates, no expulsion should take place unless those people have been formally charged and disciplinary hearings held at all appropriate levels.

“By copy of this letter, the purported dismissal of any members for allegedly supporting independent candidates is set aside and all people are automatically reinstated.”

Mwonzora refused to comment on the issue saying it was an internal matter while Khumalo said she was out of Harare and was not able to speak about the issue

MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume said those who contested as independent candidates remain expelled.

There have been reports of a leadership wrangle pitting Chamisa and Mwonozora, but the two deny the allegations.

2 Responses to MDC gives Mwonzora ultimatum

  1. addmore gudo October 21, 2018 at 2:12 pm #

    But this clearly shows a far cry as far as zim’s opposition democracy is concerned which is supposed to b an alternative; and again thisz not only in the opposition camp alone but also the ruling party as well.It should really not be a crime at all for any one to act on his/her conscience;we must all have a freedom of conscience without n fear at all of destroying our chartered house.Must remain in the house till we otherwise choose to move out;in developed democracies such as that of the USA this is not crime since by doing so we corrupt the system by protecting the interests of one person who is the president of the party( in the case of our zimbabwean situation) who usually,but unacceptably given the mandate to keep each other member at his/her job-of course this give raise to bootlicking of only this one man inorder to stay at yr job.Is this then democracy the MDC is bringing to Zimbaswe?

  2. nechiora john October 21, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

    if a person decides to leave the main party and contest as an independent, that person is campaigning for the other party. We should be seen united and fight for one cause. Look at what happened in Harare South and Goromonzi as an example. People who are progressive need to think twice or else we will always give chance to people to ruin this great nation of ours.

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