NORRIS Nyathi, the former Victoria Falls deputy mayor and senior executive in the Douglas Mwonzora-led MDC-T has resigned from the party in protest over its legislators’ voting alongside Zanu PF to amend the national Constitution.
Eleven MDC-T senators on Tuesday voted with 54 Zanu PF members to pass the Constitutional Amendment No 2 Bill, which now awaits President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s assent.
The Bill opposed by 10 opposition senators, required a two-thirds majority — or 54 votes to pass through the Senate
In a letter dated May 4, addressed to the party’s secretary-general and copied to the MDC-T Matabeleland North provincial office in Hwange, Nyathi said as a result of that “deception”, he had decided to sever ties with the opposition party.
Nyathi served as Victoria Falls deputy mayor from 2013 to 2018.
Part of the letter read: “Failure to protect the citizens of Zimbabwe, I consider it gross misconduct by our MPs, senators, including the presidium to give Zanu PF the needed two-thirds majority in order to pass the repressive Constitutional Amendment Bill No 2. This is a direct provocation to the electorate who are the custodians of the Constitution which you have amended without going through a consultative process. Your soft tone to the injustices perpetrated against the people of this nation leaves a lot to be desired,” Nyathi wrote.
He also raised concern over the composition of the party’s top leadership, saying it did not reflect inclusivity.
“Your composition of top leadership does not reflect inclusiveness or nationalism, you continue to sideline the people of Matabeleland from powerful positions like any other party headquartered in Harare. I want to also speak to the implementation of the Supreme Court judgment, it is a fact that part of the 27th December congress delegates were not the proper structures as at February 2018, this whole process was carried out to consolidate power and control of Richard Morgan Tsvangirai House,” he said.
“In the spirit of democracy and integrity the party was supposed to bring together all party members who were in the structures before the death of President Morgan Tsvangirai (MHSRIP) including those you regarded as your enemies. Your exclusion of other members was illegal, undemocratic and
Efforts to get a comment from MDC–T spokesperson Witness Dube and his deputy Khalipani Phugeni were fruitless.
This comes after at least 200 Bulawayo MDC Alliance supporters reversed their recent decision to defect to the Douglas Mwonzora-led MDC-T and retraced their footsteps to the Nelson Chamisa-led outfit.
The MDC Alliance claims the defections took place last Sunday and the returnees accused Mwonzora of indirectly forcing them to join the ruling Zanu PF.
In Bulawayo, a number of MDC Alliance legislators and councillors have reportedly survived recalls from Parliament and the city council by either cutting deals with Chamisa’s MDC or crossing the floor and joining the rival faction.
However, the MDC Alliance Bulawayo province said over 200 former party members had trooped back to Chamisa Sunday as they were angered that Mwonzora was now dining with Zanu PF.
They were welcomed back into the party at a reception attended by Chamisa and other senior MDC Alliance officials.
“There were about 200 people from the (Thokozani) Khupe-Mwonzora faction who were received at Gertrude Mthombeni House. It was a welcome reception,” MDC Alliance Bulawayo spokesperson Swithern Chirowodza told NewZimbabwe.