Mutambara is the deputy Prime Minister in the new unity government.
The councillors’ decision at a meeting in Nkayi, also attended by Nkayi Senator Robert Rabson Makhula, was a protest against the ouster of their legislator, Abednico Bhebhe who was suspended by the party for alleged indiscipline.The party has given a directive that Bhebhe be sidelined in all party business.
“ The reason for this meeting is a follow up on the letter on Hon Bhebhe’s suspension and to discuss the reasons forwarded by the party leadership for his suspension. From what we have discovered there is no reason for his suspension and in that vein we thought that the leadership will come to us and tell us about his suspension. However they did not do that,” said Nkayi Rural District Council Chairman, Councillor Kufakwezwe Ncube.
“If he is victimised they have also victimised us. We can’t remain loyal to a leadership which victimises its members and with that reason in mind the whole constituency and district leadership has crossed the floor to MDC-T led by Prime Minister (Morgan) Tsvangirai,” said Mr Ncube.
Bhebhe was to have been called to explain the circumstances surrounding his suspension at the meeting.
It is also feared that leaders from other party districts whose Members of Parliament were suspended would adopt the same attitude.
Eight senior MDC members, five of them Members of the House of Assembly are expected to appear before the party’s National Disciplinary Committee led by a Lyson Mlambo.
The affected legislators, all of them Members of the House of Assembly are Mr Bhebhe (Nkayi South), Mr Njabuliso Mguni (Lupane East), Mr Norman Mpofu (Bulilima East). Mr Maxwell Dube (Tsholotsho South) and Mr Thandeko Zinti Mkandla (Gwanda North).
The other members facing disciplinary action are in the party’s national executive, namely Mr Job Sikhala, who has already declared that he will not attend a “kangaroo court”, Gift Nyandoro, who is the chairman of the national youth assembly and Alex Goosen, who lost in his bid to be the Bubi House of Assembly representative.
Two of the eight, Dube and Mkandla, were summoned to appear before the disciplinary committee but were not suspended like the others.
The other six are accused of publicly denigrating the party’s leaders whom they have branded “ dictators”.
The squabbles in MDC have threatened to split Mutambara’s faction, but he has declared that there are no squabbles and dismissed it as ‘nonsense’.