Mutambara Summons Two More MPs

HARARE – THE political chaos at the Arthur Mutambara faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has taken a new twist with the summoning of two other legislators on allegations of misconduct.

Sources told VOP the national executive council of the Mutambara faction had summoned Gwanda legislator Zinti Mkandla and Maxwell Dube of Tsholotsho South on allegations they were part of a group of party officials spreading alarm and despondency among the MDC M ‘s few supporters.

The summoning of Mkandla and Dube follows last week’s suspension of six officials Abednico Bhebhe (Nkayi South), Sijabuliso Mguni (Lupane North), Norman Mpofu, Job Sikhala, Alex Goosen and Gift Nyandoro.

Edwin Mushoriwa, the MDC M spokesman, confirmed the summoning of the two MDC officials but could not provide further details. “They have been summoned for a hearing at a date to be advised but their faces charges of misconduct, the same charges preferred against the first six that were suspended last week.”

The MDC M legislators and officials stand accused of disrespecting the faction leadership. Bhebhe and the five MDC M legislators in parliament are further accused of voting with MDC T legislator for the Speaker of Parliament, Lovemore Moyo instead of their party candidate Paul Themba Nyathi.

Sikhala has been on a campaign to oust Deputy Prime Minister Mutambara. On Thursday Sikhala claimed that he had quit the MDC M faction.