Sacked MPs Campaign For By-Elections
Bulawayo, – Sacked Movement for Democratic Change members of parliament belonging to the Arthur Mutambara Faction are busy campaigning in anticipation of by-elections in their respective constituencies.
Three MPs, Abedenico Bhebhe (Kkayi South), Norman Mpofu (Bulila South), and former Lupane North legislator, Njabuliso Mguni unveiled their colorful campaigning materials that included T-shirts, posters and banners last week. The MPs were sacked for allegedly denouncing the party’s leadership and holding unsanctioned meetings.
The three principals to the Global Political Agreement (GPA), President Robert Mugabe, MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Mutambara recently agreed on new commissioners to run the discredited Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).
“I am really overwhelmed by the material, moral and financial support which I am getting from people in Lupane North," Mguni told an independent radio station. "The people in my constituency are coming up with various campaigning activities and materials. To the people of Lupane the by-elections will be emotional to them because of the unfairness surrounding our dismissal from the party.”
Mguni who was wearing a green T-shirt inscription “Vote Njabuliso Mguni, the people’s choice “said he is humbled by the support which he has been receiving following his dismissal from the party.
“I urge Welshman Ncube and company to leave the comfort of parliament and come to where the people are and start campaigning for their party. Parliament is in Lupane where the people are, not in the airplane or in five star hotels. As for me I will just follow what the people in Lupane are saying and doing,” said Mguni.
According to sources in Khayi and Bulila, Bhebhe and Mpofu have also launched their campaigns. The two constituencies are also awash with green –T-shirts with the same inscriptions with that of Mguni.
The MDC –M last month approached South African based professor Bekhimpilo Sibanda to stand for the party against Mguni but after accepting the offer professor Sibanda chickened out of the race after villagers in Mkombo ward where he hails from allegedly advised him to decline the offer.
Sources said the party has now settled for Sibangelizwe Msipa, the party’s former senator for Makokoba constituency who lost to Martison Hlalo of the MDC –T during the last year’s June 27 harmonized elections.
Under the GPA, Zanu (PF), and MDC –T and MDC –M who are signatories to the agreement are not supposed to contest each other. Radio VOP