By Robert Tapfumaneyi
High Court Tuesday granted an interim relief stopping beleaguered opposition MDCT leader Douglas Mwonzora from recalling Thokozani Khupe and others party members from the National Assembly.
“Pending the return date, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Respondents be interdicted and prohibited from recalling the 1st or 2nd or 3rd Applicants from their elected positions as members of the national assembly and urban councils respectively pursuant to resolutions of the 1st Respondent’s national Council meeting of the 26th of November 2021,” reads the High Court interim relief.
“Pending the return date, 8th respondent be and is herby interdicted and prohibited from sitting or purporting to sit to elect or choose or install a mayor for the city of Gweru in replacement or purported replacement of the 2nd Applicant.”
Last month the MDC-T vice president Khupe dragged Mwonzora to court accusing him of planning to ‘illegally’ recall her from Parliament along with her colleagues over allegations that they are sympathising with ‘competing political organisations’.
Khupe, Gweru mayor Josiah Makombe and Chitungwiza mayor Lovemore Maiko made a joint urgent application filed at the Bulawayo High Court on Monday in a bid to prevent recalls and expulsions of her close allies in parliament and councils who are facing dismissals after a party National Council meeting in Harare on 26 November 2021.
In their founding affidavit, they cited as respondents, the MDC-T party, Mwonzora, party chairperson Morgen Komichi, the party secretary-general Paurina Mpariwa, Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and Local Government minister July Moyo.