Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda today recalled six members of the People’s Democratic Party including Harare East Member of Parliament Tendai Biti, now one of the Movement for Democratic Change-Alliance vice-presidents.
Mudenda said he had received a letter from PDP secretary general Benjamin Rukanda recalling Biti and five others who had become members of the MDC-A and had therefore ceased to be members of the PDP, a member of the MDC-A.
Below is the notice:
NOTICE OF RECALL OF CERTAIN MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
THE HON. SPEAKER: I have received a letter from the office of the Secretary General of the People’s Democratic Party. “Reference; Notice of Recall of certain Members of Parliament. We hereby advise that acting in terms of Section 129 (1) (k) of the Constitution, we hereby declare that the following Members of Parliament have ceased to belong to the People’s Democratic Party, which was a member of the Movement for Democratic Alliance, an alliance formed in terms of the constitutive agreement signed on 5th August, 2017.
In terms of the agreement, seven political parties concluded a non-competing political cooperation agreement for purposes of contesting the 2018 General Elections. In terms of Clause 20 of the agreement, the member parties retained their individual identities and independence. Further, in terms of Clause 30 of the agreement, each member party chose its own Members of Parliament given under its quota and retained authority over the same. Our party was a political party that these Members belonged to at the time of the last election in 2018.
I am the current Secretary General of the People’s Democratic Party and as such, I have authority to make this correspondence. The Members listed below have by operation of Clause 6 (4) (a) of our party constitution ceased to belong to the party and are hereby being recalled.
The said Members are as follows:
- Tendai Laxton Biti, Harare East,
- Willas Madzimure, Kambuzuma,
- Settlement Chikwinya, Mbizo,
- Kucaca Phulu, Nkulumane,
- Sichelesile Mahlangu, Pumula and
- Regai Tsunga, Mutasa South.
We await your further advice. Yours Faithfully, Benjamin Rukanda – Secretary General.”
This letter is copied to Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai, Movement for Democratic Change led by Prof. Ncube, Multi-racial Christian Democrats, ZANU (NDONGA), Zimbabwe People First and Transform Zimbabwe.