Expelled MP seeks by-election

Nkayi – Expelled MDC-M legislator for Nkayi South Abedinico Bhebhe has approached his lawyers to make an application to force authorities to speed up the setting up the dates for a by-election in his constituency.

Bhebhe was expelled from the House of Assembly in August this year.

Speaking to RadioVOP in Nkayi Bhebhe said: "Even if that by-election is called for today, I am very confident the people of Nkayi South will vote for me. I have instructed my lawyers make a court application to force the principals to announce the names of theZEC (Zimbabwe Electoral Commissioners). I know this will assist in the running of those by elections."

Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo in August wrote to President Mugabe and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission notifying them of the Bhebhe together with two other MPs Norman Mpofu (Bulilima East) and  Njabuliso Mguni (Lupane East)’s dismissal from their party and the existence of vacancies in their constituencies. This meant that by-elections can be held in their former constituencies. The legislators were expelled by the MDC-M’s disciplinary committee, chaired by Lyson Mlambo, in July after they walked out of a hearing, arguing the committee handling their case was improperly constituted.

Bhebhe, still regarded as MP in his constituency, even sat at the high table with the British Deputy Ambassador Tim Cole and Matabeleland South Provincial Medical Director Dr Irene Ndiweni at a handover ceremony of a borehole to Nkayi Rural General Hospital on Wednesday.

"According to the Zimbabwe Electoral Act, by election dates should be called for within 90 days from the date of expulsion. The three months have since elapsed and we are getting impatient," said Bhebhe.

The Global Political Agreement suspended the holding of elections for a period of one year and that has since lapsed following the expiry of the one years period on 15 September this year. There has not been a formal announcement from the three principals to the GPA,Zanu PF’s Robert Mugabe, and the two MDC faction leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara, with regards the holding of elections.

Moyo refused to shed light, saying: "Get a comment from ZEC they are the ones who set election dates. Parliament does not call for any election."

Twelve people have since been shortlisted by Parliament for ZEC appointments and the ball is now left on President Mugabe to announce the nine successful candidates.