The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Hon July Moyo, has written to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission advising it of Harare City Council vacancies for several wards after he received a recall instruction from the Thokozani Khuphe led MDC T.
In a letter to the Town Clerk, Minister Moyo said,
“I wish to inform you that I am in receipt of a letter from the Movement of Democratic Change (T) that the following councillors have been expelled from the party; Makuwerere Lovemore of Ward 24; Hadebe Gilbert, Ward 19; Mapanzure Simon, Ward 34; Chidhagu Charles, Ward 30; Charumbira Keith, Ward 8; Dhliwayo Steven, Ward 40; Ndira Barnabas, Ward 21; Runyowa Chihoma, Ward 29; Nyatsuro Charles, Ward 6; Mupamawonde Enoch, Ward 24,” the minister wrote in a letter to Harare town clerk.
“In terms of Section 121 of the Electoral Act, please inform the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).”
This comes hot on the heels of another recall in August when Khupe, through reinstated MDC T Secretary General Douglas Mzonzora recalled 6 councillors including the then Mayor, Herbert Gomba, who has since been replaced by Lawyer Jacob Mafume.
The Thokozani Khuphe led MDC T has caused mayhem in MDC Alliance held constituencies by recalling several of it’s Members of Parliament and now Councillors. The party claims it derives it’s authority to recall the MDC Alliance officials from their elected positions from a Supreme Court ruling that declared Thokozani Khupe as the “legitimate” MDC president after the death of founding leader Dr Morgan Tsvangirai.
Ironically Miss Khupe contested the 2018 harmonized elections under the MDC T banner and lost heavily to the Chamisa led MDC Alliance party. In the presidential poll Khupe polled a lowly 45000 votes nationally while Nelson Chamisa of the MDC Alliance polled 2.1million votes according to the Zimbabwe Electoral commission.
In the house of assembly Khupe has recalled 21 members of Parliament belonging to the MDC Alliance to-date.