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Mutambara Formation of Zimbabwe's MDC Disciplines More Dissenters


The formation of Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change led by Arthur Mutambara has summoned two more of its members of parliament to a disciplinary hearing, potentially signaling another round of suspensions from the internally divided party.

The latest two to be disciplined are Gwanda North legislator Thandeko Zinti Mnkandla and Tsholotsho South lawmaker Maxwell Dube. Party disciplinary committee chairman Lyson Mlambo said he could not immediately comment on the two cases.

Mnkandla confirmed that he received a letter from the party leadership on Wednesday giving him notice that he would be summoned to an as-yet-unscheduled disciplinary hearing.

Last week the Mutambara MDC leadership suspended Nkayi South MP Abednico Bhebhe, Lupane East lawmaker Njabuliso Mguni and Bulilingmangwe East legislator Norman Mpofu, along with national executive member Job Sikhala, who has since resigned from the party, Alex Goosen and Gift Nyandoro, chairman of the party's youth assembly.

The members were accused of bringing the party into disrepute and seeking the removal of Mutambara as party leader over his perceived partiality to President Robert Mugabe.

Mnkandla told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the letter he received did not list charges against him, but he confirmed there is friction in the party.

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