Tsvangirai’s disciplinary hearing set for June 18

via Bulawayo24 NEWS | Tsvangirai’s disciplinary hearing set for June 18.

by Staff reporter

07 June 2014

THE Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) renewal team headed by Tendai Biti, the party’s secretary-general, has set June 18 as the date on which embattled opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, would appear before a disciplinary hearing following his controversial suspension from the party in April.

But, Tsvangirai has scoffed at attempts to haul him before a hearing constituted by his rivals, with MDC-T spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora, saying those convening the disciplinary tribunal were no longer members of the main opposition party.

“First of all, Tendai Biti, Jacob Mafume (spokesperson of the renewal team) and others have formed their own party, which they are failing to find a name for,” he said. “Being people who have formed their own party, they have authority over members of their party not members who don’t belong to that party,” added Mwonzora.

On April 26, some of the MDC-T’s national executive council members met in Harare and suspended Tsvangirai along with five other senior members namely Mwonzora; deputy president, Thokozani Khupe; national organising secretary, Nelson Chamisa; national chairman, Lovemore Moyo and his deputy Morgan Komichi. A few days later Tsvangirai’s faction responded by expelling the leadership renewal team members who included Biti, Lobengula Member of Parliament Samuel Sipepa-Nkomo, the interim chairperson of the group and others.

The dispute spilled into Parliament where Tsvangirai’s group sought the recall of all legislators backing Biti.  But, Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda told the feuding factions to take their fight to the courts. With the battle of legitimacy still raging between the two factions, last month the Biti-led group disclosed that it would this month summon Tsvangirai to a disciplinary hearing, a move dismissed with derision by a party faction backing the former premier.

Mafume said a panel of three lawyers, one of them qualified to be a judge, had been identified to conduct the hearing, in line with Article 12 of their party’s constitution.  While he could not be drawn into revealing the identities of the lawyers, Mafume said should the MDC-T leader fail to appear, the judges would look at the reasons given for failure such as ill health and others before deciding his fate.

“If Tsvangirai does not come then he has to have a good reason. If it’s a matter of ill health, that is one thing. If it’s a matter of ignoring processes then in his absence a binding decision might be made,” Mafume said.

The MDC renewal team spokesperson said the hearings for the other suspended senior members will be staggered this month to give the judges ample time to deal with their cases. Mafume said the delay in setting up the date and calling for the hearing has been due to a number of reasons, including the ill-heath last week of Tsvangirai; and the need to synchronise dates for the three lawyers who will sit on the disciplinary panel.

“We wanted to serve the letters to notify of hearing date last week, but we couldn’t do that when Tsvangirai was not in good health. Also we needed to synchronise dates of the lawyers who will conduct the hearing,” Mafume said. According to Mafume, charges against the six fall under acting contrary to the party’s constitution and these include specific items such as factionalism, violence, abuse of party funds, among others. “Specific charges vary according to person to person,” Mafume said. At the time of going to Press, Mafume had not yet shared the charge sheets with the Financial Gazette.   Political analyst, Anglistone Sibanda said: “Tsvangirai will not attend that (hearing). It is an open secret and the organisers know it. I think their plan is to try and follow the constitution.” Sibanda said the renewal team was simply trying to outsmart Tsvangirai in resolving the leadership crisis by playing the legality card. He added that this was pointing to the collapse of the MDC-T as a political party.

COMMENTS

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    roving ambassador. 7 years ago

    Clean up you house so we can attack Zanu with more vigour . Remove all compromised leadership otherwise Zanu will attack you from that flank.
    Zanu is now weakened.

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    This is a typical circus MDC-Tendai is desperately seeking sanity in the wrong places. Build your party instead of wasting time trying to defeat a boabob tree with a razor. Attack Zanu PF score real points and get some support for doing what the country needs

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    biti has been paid to be a judas.

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    Jenandebvu 7 years ago

    “Demise of MDC tearing apart” not correct, instead, confirmation of Biti, mafume, Mangoma as non-MDC members anymore. MDC, Zunde and MKD can accept the CVs if they are in good order.

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    Unotoshaya kuti zviri kumbofamba sei???

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    Biti and his confused crew are not going anywhere. They can continue dreaming.

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    jobolinko 7 years ago

    SHAME ON YOU BITI NO BRAINS.

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    chira 7 years ago

    Biti remember Mugabe himself failed to bring down Tsvangirai. To remind you he hired Ben Munashe for a treason charge but failed. Then you… what are you? just barking small puppies.Get away useless power hungry ungrateful mercenaries.When the tough was getting tougher those years you were found in the comfort of hiding ,now that Morgan has soldiered to create favourable ground for democracy then you are quick to want to hijack the ship.Not now and never again.

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    The Mind Boggles 7 years ago

    Bunch of fools all of them. Only showing us what I always thought they are no alternative to ZPF they are made of the same stuff.

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    Petal 7 years ago

    what is sickening is that these bigwigs are squabbling with each other and the ordinary person is continuing to suffer

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    Petal 7 years ago

    The civil society and Imbisa and ZHLR seem to be the only hope for the ordinary person

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    zim politics a shame in the pot

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    maita 7 years ago

    I think Biti and company have too much money and they don’t know how to spend it. I blame the donor community for sponsoring such confused idiots. What are they after, ruling Zimbabwe or leading MDC? I don’t like violence but I think people of Zimbabwe it is time we stop these idiots rom bothe camps to talk about us and try other means without them. They have lost the plot. But Biti ah ndanyara hangu?

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      Petal 7 years ago

      Don’t think the Donor Community should be blamed for sponsoring confused idiots. They were the only hope at the time and now it has diminished because now they are showing their true colors. Civil Society and Zimbabwe Human Rights Lawyers should now find a foot in the door and start talking to the donor community

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    Tjingababili 7 years ago

    WHAT A CHARADE! JUST GO BACK TO ZANUPF, BITI AND CO!

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    Straight Shooter 7 years ago

    There is nothing that annoys me more than people who love worshipping others.

    Many Tswangirayi supporters are not normal; just like those who support gukurahundi Mugabe.

    They will hear no evil and see no evil, no matter how clear and well defined this is right in front of them.

    What exactly is wrong with Black people? Education counts for nothing. You will continue defending the indefensible – why are you all like this?

    Even if the whole world can see the colour is white, you will continue arguing it is black. I give up on the black race!

    There is absolutely no need of fantasising and cooking up stories here.

    Tswangirayi is simply not good enough as a leader. He should be disciplined – PERIOD!

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      Petal 7 years ago

      100% right @ Straight Shooter

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      Petal 7 years ago

      Never satisfied always they will have something to complain about- time to call a spade a spade !

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      LucyTT 7 years ago

      Well said @Straight Shooter.

      I do not understand why people follow these men blindly.

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      petros 7 years ago

      Disciplined by who? Zpf tells u that so and so is not good then u say its true. Its u who has a problem. So just shut up and follow yo Zpf quietly. Who has the moral ?roght here t discipline the other

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    So where is the disciplinary hearing going to be held?

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    Dennis 7 years ago

    MDC do not belong to tsvangirai, are u fools.