Former MDC-T vice-president Thokozani Khupe has been expelled from Parliament after being recalled by her former party.
This was announced by the speaker of Parliament, Honourable Jacob Mudenda on Thursday. Mudenda announced that a vacancy had arisen for a Bulawayo Metropolitan Proportional representation seat as he had received a letter from the opposition MDC-T advising him that Khupe had been expelled from the party. As a result, she ceased to represent the party in and its interests.
"Therefore a vacancy has arisen for the Bulawayo Metropolitan Proportional representation seat, the house will make necessary arrangements to inform the President and ZEC," said Mudenda.
Khupe was expelled from the opposition party together with Abdenico Bhebhe and Obert Gutu after they refused to recognise Nelson Chamisa's appointment as the successor to the late founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
However, a defiant Khupe has insisted that she is the rightful leader of the MDC-T and has indicated her intention to contest in the 2018 Presidential Elections under the MDC-T banner.
We are live from Parliament, Speaker announces that he has received a letter of Notice from MDC-T that Hon. Khupe is nolonger a member of the party and has ceased to represent the party in Parliament #OpenParlyZW @Team_Khupe @DrThoko_Khupe @GutuObert @nelsonchamisa @ZECzim pic.twitter.com/zs7IQuUuQ3
— Open Parly ZW (@OpenParlyZw) April 12, 2018
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