In a three-page document titled “Free at Last, Free Last” written in response to his suspension, Sikhala said he was leaving the party and had no regrets.

“It was a hard decision which I took notwithstanding the consequences, because I know such sentiments are shared by the majority of the party members.

‘And I want to publicly apologise to the people of Zimbabwe for my association with this group of the most retrogressive forces of darkness, who are worse off than the Abel Muzorewa retrogression,” read Sikhala’s statement.

He said he would soon announce his plans for the future.

“I am celebrating the fact that I am free at last. In terms of my political career at the moment I will leave it in the hands of people. After my national sensitisation tour I shall announce the political direction I wish to take,” Sikhala said.

Party spokesman Edwin Mushoriwa on Friday announced the suspension of Abednico Bhebhe, (Nkayi South), Norman Mpofu (Bulilima East and Njabuliso Mguni (Lupane East).

Also suspended are the party’s secretary for defence Job Sikhala, youth national chairperson Gift Nyandoro and Matabeleland South provincial treasurer Alex Goosen.

The members were suspended for allegedly bringing the party into disrepute.

“MDC advises that it has suspended the under listed members from the party with immediate effect, pending their appearance before the national disciplinary committee on charges of misconduct,” Mushoriwa said in a statement.

Meanwhile Member of Parliament for Nkayi Abednico Bhebhe, who was also suspended from the party, has dismissed his suspension as a joke, insisting that he is still a member of the party.

“Whoever wrote that suspension letter I am sure must have been dreaming. The whole issue is just a joke. You cannot just wake up in the morning and announce to the whole world that you have suspended someone without telling the person his or her crime. This is rubbish and I am not bothered by the so called suspension," said Bhebhe.

Bhebhe pointed out that the clause, which was cited as the reason for their suspension in the letter was null and void as the letter is silent on what charges the suspended are being accused of.

“You see the word indispline is broad. We need to know the actual offence which we committed rather than hiding behind a finger," he said.

Bhebhe said the “suspension” has given him zeal to work for the party.

Sources privy to the goings on in the Mutambara led faction said Bhebhe or Mguni are likely to be expelled from the party and that subsequently one of them would lose his constituency to pave way for the party’s Deputy president Gibson Sibanda, who has to find a constituency before the end of the month, failure of which would result in him losing his ministerial post.

According to the Global Political Agreement (GPA), any party which loses an MP, will appoint a replacement without conducting by- elections