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MDC-T Suspends Mutare Mayor, 3 Councillors

Party Secretary General Tendai Biti is said to have written the suspension letters. (Photo file: Thomas Chiripasi)
The national executive of the Movement for Democratic Change formation led by Morgan Tsvangirai has formally suspended Mutare mayor elect, Tatenda Nhamarare and three councilors, labeled rebels for allegedly colluding to vote for a deputy mayor of the city from rivals, Zanu PF.

They are facing charges of misconduct.

A letter dated September 30th, 2013 said to have been authored and signed by party secretary general Tendai Biti, clearly stipulates that the party has suspended Nhamarare, councilors Farai Bhiza, Pamela Mutari, and Richard Mupfura.

The letter states that the four are being suspended for misconduct relating to council elections held in Mutare sometime in September this year.

It is alleged that on September 16th at Mutare Ccity Ccouncil chambers, a poll was conducted for the election of mayor and deputy mayor for the local authority.

The letter states that, “contrary to the party directive that Thomas Nyamupanedengu will be elected as mayor and Kudakwashe Chisango would be elected as deputy mayor, you in your individual right, defied the party directive and accepted to be nominated as mayor in your due election as mayor”.

In the letter, Nhamarare is told that the national executive committee of the party in a recent meeting directed that he should be suspended from the MDC-T, pending a disciplinary hearing.

MDC-T Manicaland provincial spokesperson Pishai Muchauraya said he has seen copies of the letter addressed to the three party activists.

Nhamarare is accused of defying a lawful order of the party and conduct inconsistent with the fulfillment of the express or implied terms of his membership in the party in that he accepted the nomination of mayor-ship of Mutare on September 16th, 2013 against a party directive.

The second charge against Nhamarare is that he brought the party into disrepute and breached the party’s constitution in his capacity as “mayor” as he placed an advert in the local press in which he congratulated President Robert Mugabe for resoundingly winning the harmonized July 31st elections.

The letter indicates that Nhamarare placed the advert fully aware that the MDC-T still believes that the polls were rigged by President Mugabe’s Zanu PF party.

In his letter, Biti advised the four to respond to him forthwith and avail themselves at the party’s harvest house by Monday October 7th, 2013 to answer charges of misconduct.

Party supporters two weeks ago besieged the MDC-T provincial headquarters baying for the blood of the four whom they accused of selling out. The four were only served from harm after police intervened and escorted them out of the party premises.

Nhamarare and the three councillors said they have not yet received the letter from Biti.