WASHINGTON DC —
Friction in the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) caused by an internal revolt is causing havoc in the party as Members of Parliament have aligned themselves with two camps pitting Morgan Tsvangirai and Tendai Biti.
MDC-T lawmakers, who spoke to VOA Studio 7, said the divisions among the party’s legislators are so serious that they are undermining the role of the party in parliament.
They said this friction will be more visible when parliament starts business next week. MDC-T parliamentary chief whip, Innocent Gonese of the Tsvangirai faction, said the factionalism won’t affect the quality of debates in the august house.
But Mardock Chivasa of the Zimbabwe Media Center said divisions among parliamentarians will have a negative impact on debates and members of the public.
Attempts by the Tsvangirai and Biti factions to withdraw some MPs from parliament aligned to each camp failed as Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda, recently ruled that he has no power to ditch lawmakers abandoned by their parties.
The Tsvangirai faction has, however, indicated that it will file another letter this coming week for the withdrawal of all MPs linked to the Biti group.
Meanwhile, observers say President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu PF party will not be able to harmonize over 250 existing laws with the new constitution before the 2018 general election.
They say indications are that Zanu PF will fast-track most of the laws in the run up to the polls, a situation that will benefit the party, which currently enjoys a parliamentary majority.
The observers say recent attempts to fast-track the enaction of the Zimbabwe Electoral Amendment Bill into law are a sign of what is likely to come towards 2018.
Tawanda Chimhini of the Election Resource Center said lack of action in harmonizing the laws is a cause for concern.
But Zanu PF activist Morris Ngwenya disagreed, saying there is no money to harmonize the laws.