The party last week suspended five MPs and four party executive committee members for calling unsanctioned party rallies at which they denounced party leaders.

However, in an interview on Monday, Gasela said what the MPs did was not wrong, since they were expressing their views in a democratic party. Gasela said the legislators were not guilty until proven
guilty by the disciplinary committee.

"They are still members of our party," said Gasela. The suspended MPs are Abednico Bhebhe (Nkayi South), Njabuliso Mguni (Lupane East) Norman Mpofu, (Bulilima East) Thandeko Zinti Mnkandla (Gwanda North) and Maxwell Dube (Tsholotsho South).

Other top party leaders and national executive members who are were suspended are Security Secretary Job Sikhala, National Youth Assembly Chair Gift Nyandoro and provincial executive member Alex Goosen.