WASHINGTON DC —
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formation led by former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says it will send another written request to Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda recalling some 11 Members of Parliament it accuses of rebelling and working with the so-called MDC renewal team seeking to remove Tsvangirai from the helm of the party.
Mudenda on Thursday dismissed two letters presented to him by the warring MDC-T factions regarding recalling some members of the party from parliament.
He urged the two factions to settle the matter in the courts. The response by Mudenda has been hailed as a victory by both factions.
MDC-T spokesman Douglas Mwonzora said the MPs will be recalled next week.
But MDC renewal team spokesman Jacob Mafume said Mwonzora is misleading himself and his faction.
A faction reportedly led by MDC-T secretary general Tendai Biti was the first to submit a list of MPs to parliament aligned to Tsvangirai, which it said should be withdrwan from the august house following a rift between the leader of the party and his renewal group.
A couple of days later, suspended deputy party president Thokozani Khupe then filed another notice recalling Biti and his colleagues who were suspended by the National Council convened by the Tsvangirai faction.
Biti said in his capacity as secretary general of the MDC-T, he had the power to recall legislators from parliament.
Khupe, in her letter to Mudenda, claimed that as leader of the opposition in parliament she was the one who had the powers to recall errant lawmakers.