Mwonzora justifies more recalls

(Last Updated On: October 20, 2022)

Brian Sithole

 

MDC-T leader Senator Douglas Mwonzora (pictured) has justified recalls of elected officials saying it was provided for in the constitution as the opposition leader this week recalled Victoria Falls, Binga and Gweru councillors for aligning with the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC).

Mwonzora has recalled dozens of MPs and councillors since 2020 for allegedly supporting CCC leader Nelson Chamisa.

The CCC has described Mwonzora as vindictive and his continued recalls as needless especially as the 2023 elections draw closer.

Mwonzora’s spokesperson Lloyd Damba said there was nothing unusual about the recalls.

“You people of Zimbabwe voted for a recall clause and it is there in the constitution,” Damba said.

“Harare East MP) Tendai Biti was recalled and 10 others. Edgar Tekere was recalled by (the late former President) Robert Mugabe. It is not an individual thing. It’s a party thing, it’s a national thing. So don’t personalise this issue.”

This week, the MDC Alliance recalled eight councillors in Binga and Victoria Falls in Matabeleland North province and they are accused of working with the CCC.

Three other councillors were recalled in Gweru amid reports of more recalls.

MDC Alliance spokesperson Witness Dube said recalls are made when one starts supporting another political party, in this case, the CCC.

Mwonzora last week joined the Political Actors’ Dialogue platform which was formed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa following the 2018 elections to forge dialogue among all political parties.

Chamisa has refused to be part of the platform.

 

 

 

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