HARARE – The MDC-T party has recalled its deputy leader Thokozani Khupe and Nomvula Mguni from parliament.
Khupe was suspended from the party on January 12 pending a hearing into allegations that party leader Douglas Mwonzora stole party funds.
Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda wrote to Khupe and Mguni – both MPs – this week to tell them he had received a letter from the party dismissing them.
Mguni replaced Priscilla Misihairabwi as proportional MP for Bulawayo after the latter was appointed ambassador to Sweden last year.
MDC-T spokesman Witness Dube said: “I can confirm that so far we have recalled Mguni and Khupe from the House of Commons. I believe that letters regarding other members of the Senate will be sent soon if not.”
Khupe spoke at a press conference in Harare on Tuesday, where she insisted she was the interim chairperson of MDC-T.
She has held this position since January 21, when she announced the party’s split, despite declaring herself the party’s interim leader.
Khupe argued that Mwonzora was automatically expelled when he declared himself the leader of the MDC alliance in a letter to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.
Khupe accused Mudenda of taking sides and favoring Mwonzora simply because she is a woman. Ironically, Khupe entered parliament after the MDC-T party recalled MPs from the MDC Alliance.
She vowed to challenge the recall in court.