The recalling of the 21 Members of Parliament and Senators has set alight Facebook, Twitter and other Social media platforms with Zimbabweans across the world debating the merits and demerits of the move by the Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai to have their erstwhile colleagues dumped from the house.
For perspective on what this means for opposition politics and democracy in Zimbabwe, Studio 7’s Blessing Zulu spoke with MDC-T spokesman Obert Gutu and MDC Renewal spokesman Jacob Mafume, who says the recall is unfortunate.
Among those expelled are Tendai Biti (Harare East), Willias Madzimure (Kambuzuma), Lucia Matibenga (Kuwadzana), Paul Madzore (Glen View), Solomon Madzore (Dzivaresekwa), Bekitemba Nyathi (Mpopoma Pelandaba), Regie Moyo (Luveve), Albert Mhlanga (Pumula), Moses Manyengavana (Highfield West), Samuel Sipepa Nkomo (Lobengula), Roseline Nkomo (Thsholotsho North), Settlement Chikwinya (Mbizo), Gorden Moyo (Makokoba), Anorld Tsunga (Dangamvura) and Evelyn Masaiti, Judith Muzhavazhe and Gladys Mathe who represented Harare, Masvingo and Bulawayo respectively under the proportional representation system.
The dumped senators are Rorana Muchihwa of Chikomo, Sekai Holland of Chizhanje, Watchy Sibanda (Matabeleland South) and Patrick Chitaka (Manicaland).
Zanu PF has the majority in both houses to change the country’s constitution, if any need arises.