Mwonzora-led MDC-T Planning Mass Recalls
29 August 2021
The Douglas Mwonzora-led MDC-T is reportedly planning a mass recall of senators, parliamentarians, and councillors from Matabeleland North it accuses of siding with the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa.
MDC-T has since a 2020 Supreme Court ruling on the MDC leadership crisis which said Chamisa’s ascendancy to power following the death of Morgan Tsvangirai in 2018 was irregular.
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Morgen Dube, the party’s Matabeleland North provincial chairman, recently wrote to the MDC-T top leadership that included Mwonzora demanding the recalls saying they were “no longer serving the party interests.”
It has emerged that Hwange Central legislator Daniel Molekele is one of the officials targeted for recall. Dube said:
We are kindly requesting for the recall of a member of the Upper House of Assembly, House of Assembly member, provincial council members, and local government members as listed below.
The said members are no longer serving the party interests but have shown allegiance to the MDC Alliance.
Provincial council members who are set to be recalled include, Caroline Ndlovu, George Siachuma, Sharon Ndlovu and Chiratidzo Mdimba.
Councillors targeted for recalls include Steve Chisvosve, Salome Chirwa, Teresa Mtara, Tendai Sibanda, Bakani Kwidini, and Edmore Zhou from Hwange West and Central constituencies.
Dube said the provincial executive had tried to persuade the officials to join Mwonzora’s camp to no avail as the mentioned individuals continued to contribute and attend MDC Alliance meetings.
Molokele said he "does not care at all" adding that he was "more than ready to be recalled. I remain 100 per cent behind Advocate Nelson Chamisa.”
Posts of recalled legislators and councillors are likely to remain vacant as by-elections were suspended indefinitely over the prevalence of the coronavirus pandemic.