2 senior figures expelled from opposition party in Zimbabwe


The Democratic Union of Zimbabwe (DUZ), a Zimbabwe opposition party, has expelled two senior members from its Bulawayo province over suspected ties to another opposition group.

Philani Gama, the party’s provincial secretary for Bulawayo, and member Lloyd Masiya were served expulsion letters signed by DUZ secretary-general Pishai Muchauraya. The letters cited “acts of gross misconduct and behaviour inconsistent with the party’s values and code of conduct.”

DUZ leader Robert Howard Chapman

Although details were not disclosed, a party source said the two members were expelled after urging DUZ leader Robert Chapman to endorse the people’s favourite leader Nelson Chamisa’s candidacy in the upcoming election. Chamisa leads the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), another opposition party.

Muchauraya’s letters warned that “more heads will roll,” indicating the DUZ was taking a hardline stance on the matter. The expulsions come amid political maneuvering among Zimbabwe’s fractured opposition groups ahead of the election.

The DUZ and its spokesman declined to provide further details on the expulsions or the allegations against the two senior members.

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