By Staff Reporter
The Douglas Mwonzora led Movement for Democratic Change has recalled former party vice president Senator Elias Mudzuri from the Upper House alleging that he has ceased to belong to the party.
In a vacancy notice to the Senate on Tuesday, deputy president of the senate Michael Reuben Nyambuya said the MDC-T informed him last week on Monday that Sen Mudzuri ceased to be a member of the party with effect from February 1.
“I have to inform the House that on the 6th of February, 2023, I was notified by the Movement for Democratic Change that with effect from the 1st of February, 2023, Hon. Sen. Eng. Elias Mudzuri ceased to be a member of the MDC party.
“Accordingly, Section 129 (1) (K) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe applies, it provides that: – ‘A seat of a Member of Parliament becomes vacant if the Member has ceased to belong to the political party of which he or she was a member when elected to Parliament and the political party concerned, by written notice to the Speaker or the President of the Senate, as the case may be, has declared that the member has ceased to belong to it,” Senator Nyambuya
He said the necessary administrative measures will be taken to inform President Mnangagwa, and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of the existence of the vacancy in line with the Electoral Act, [Chapter 2:13].
Mudzuri’s fallout with the party came after he and six others alleged Mwonzora to have breached party constitution after the latter was elected uncontested as party president during last year’s party congress.
The recall comes days after Mudzuri allegedly fired Mwonzora from MDC-T for breaching the party’s Constitution.
According to Mudzuri, Mwonzora did not follow the laid down procedure of holding the Congress an allegation that was dismissed by the party.