Mwonzora, Komichi expelled themselves from MDC: Biti

  • Biti disconnects Supreme Court judgment from MDC Alliance
  • Alliance VP remains mum on fate of Mwonzora, Komichi senatorial seats
  • Komichi says Parliament would be guided by the Supreme Court ruling in determining fate of their senatorial seats

MDC Alliance vice president Tendai Biti on Wednesday told Zim Morning Post that Douglas Mwonzora and Morgen Komichi had expelled themselves from the MDC Alliance.

Mwonzora and Komichi are underfire from Biti’s MDC Alliance for siding with Thokozani Khupe.

The Supreme Court recently ruled that the MDC should go for an extraordinary congress to put in place a legitimate leadership to takeover from the founding president, Morgan Tsvangirai.

Following the Supreme Court judgment last month, Komichi initially addressed journalists, describing the ruling by the court as shocking.

In commenting over the apex court judgment, Biti said every person had the “right to freedom of association and dissociation”.

“MDC Alliance is a political party which is joined voluntarily and you can leave at your own will, and what Komichi and Mwonzora did is that they expelled themselves from the party, (MDC Alliance)” Biti said.

The MDC Alliance vice president could, however, not give the fate of the two with regards their senatorial positions.

“I cannot give their fate when it comes to their positions as senators. The party will sit down and decide,” Biti said.

Speaking to Zim Morning Post, Komichi said if Chamisa and his team wrote a letter to recall them from Parliament, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda would be guided in his actions by the recent Supreme Court judgment.

“The Supreme Court judgment supercedes any other political moves. If he writes a letter to recall us, then Mudenda will be guided by the Supreme Court judgment which is above any political moves,” Komichi told Zim Morning Post.

Biti, however, insisted that the matter which was before the courts was about MDC-T, while they belonged to MDC Alliance.

“When we went for elections, we had our own name, which is MDC Alliance and our own logo, so whatever happened at the Supreme Court will not affect us in any way,” Biti fumed.

The Supreme Court judgment has brought a new trajectory to the fight between the Chamisa and Khupe-led camps as efforts for the control of properties left behind by Tsvangirai’s MDC party persist.

The Herald reported that Mwonzora had taken over Morgan Tsvangirai House (Harvest House) but a visit by Zim Morning post showed otherwise.


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