MDC secretary general Douglas Mwonzora and the party’s vice president Elias Mudzuri clandestinely apologised to Chief Justice Luke Malaba after he was heckled by MDC parliamentarians for endorsing the disputed July 30 election, Kukurigo can reveal.
A source within the Judicial Services Commission told Kukurigo the two met with Malaba in September and promised the party would issue a statement to condemn the behaviour of its MPs.
An MDC insider who requested anonymity as they are not authorised to speak to the Press confirmed the incident and said the two now face disciplinary action for going against a party caucus decision to heckle Malaba and ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba.
“The party is seized with the issue and they will be disciplined. There is no way we will allow anyone to undermine the party position by secretly meeting with corrupt judges and apologising contrary to what we have agreed as a party,” he said.
MDC Alliance legislators heckled Malaba, calling him a “thief,” after he entered the National Assembly to swear in Speaker Jacob Mudenda and other presiding officers on September 11.
Commenting on the allegations, an MDC parliamentarian who requested anonymity for fear of reprisals said Mwonzora and Mudzuri had grudgingly participated in an agreed walk out protest: “It explains why they did not want to leave when we started walking out of Mnangagwa’s State of the Nation Address.”
There are fears that Mwonzora has become a Zanu PF project to destabilise the MDC.
At a Press conference in August, now deputy minister of Defence Victor Matemadenda appeared to encourage him to take on Chamisa.
“Those who voted for Mwonzora for post of secretary general ahead of Chamisa should now stand up and throw Chamisa to the dust bin. MDC is now losing its values because of Chamisa. He is just like his mentor Mugabe – a dictator,” the war veteran said.
Efforts to secure comment from Mwonzora were unsuccessful as a he did not respond to subsequent text messages after initially asking for the identity of our correspondent.