HARARE – Twent-one legislators who were booted out of Parliament for ditching the MDC to form the United Movement for Democratic Change, have filed a Constitutional Court application seeking to nullify their dismissal.

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bitiThe 21 had been elected into office on a Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC ticket.

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However, the group later formed a splinter group, which resulted in Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda expelling them from the august House.

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In the application, the politicians cited Mudenda, Parliament of Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson (Zec) Rita Makarau and Zec as respondents.

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Those that were affected by the expulsion are, Tendai Biti (Harare East), Willias Madzimure (Kambuzuma), Paul Madzore (Glen View South), Solomon Madzore (Dzivaresekwa), Lucia Matibenga (Kuwadzana), Samuel Sipepa Nkomo (Lobengula), Roselyn Nkomo (Tsholotsho), Reggie Moyo (Luveve), Moses Manyengavana (Highfield West), Albert Mhlanga (Pumula), Bekithemba Nyathi (Mpopoma), Settlement Chikwinya (Mbizo), Arnold Tsunga (Chikanga-Dangamvura), Gladys Mathe (proportional representation), Judith Muzhavazhe (proportional representation), Evelyn Masaiti (proportional representation) and Gorden Moyo (Makokoba).

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Also recalled from the august House are senators Sekai Holland (Chizhanje), Rorana Muchihwa (Chikomo), Watchy Sibanda (Matabeleland South) and Patrick Chitaka (Manicaland).

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The 21 claim that their fundamental rights to equal protection and benefit of the law was infringed by the decision to expel them from Parliament.