MASVINGO – Under fire former MDC Alliance vice president Engineer Elias Mudzuri has said the party president was destroying the party’s through firing members over petty issues.
This comes after the party recently suspended Mudzuri together with six other party leaders for ‘indiscipline’.
In a statement signed by party National Chairperson Solomon Chikohwero on January 16, Mudzuri together with Norest Marara who contested for party presidency in the December 2022 congress, provincial chairpersons Gift Konjana (Mashonaland West), John Nyika (Masvingo) Den Moyo (USA Province) Edwin Dzambara (Secretary for Education) and Edwin Kakora (national executive member)were suspended pending investigations and disciplinary action.
“These members are facing serious disciplinary charges and their suspension are in terms of clause 188.8.131.52 of the party’s constitution. The hearing will be conducted in terms of the MDC constitution and their rights as accused persons will be respected,” read part of the statement.
However, in an interview with TellZim News Mudzuri said he is yet to receive communication on his suspension and said he only heard it from other members of the party who were in the meeting that resolved to suspend him.
“I haven’t received any communication on my suspension, I only heard it from some party members who were in the meeting that resolved to suspend me and others. I don’t even know the reason for my suspension but I suspect it is just because I pointed out some anomalies that were happening in the party especially on the congress issue which I refused to participate in,” said Mudzuri.
On the way forward with his political career, Mudzuri said he will reveal more after official communication from the party.
He however warned Mwonzora of risking destroying the party before the much awaited 2023 harmonized elections saying the party will not stand a chance against the well-oiled Zanu PF if he starts firing and suspending members.
“Mwonzora is destroying the party by his actions. The party needs people for the 2023 elections but he is busy suspending; how is it going to stand a chance against Zanu PF?” Mudzuri said.
He also said the congress held last year was as good as nothing since no policy or resolution was made, making it null and void.
Mudzuri, on his official Twitter account @EngMudzuri, claimed that the party had resolved to fire him for telling leaders that leadership should be chosen from grass root structures.
“I am reliably informed that today (January 21 2023) the illegitimate MDC National Council will expel me from the party. How can a founder member be expelled for insisting that leaders must always be chosen by the base structures & not the elite & for merely chatting with customers at Duriro Bar,” read the tweet.
Responding to Mudzuri’s allegation that he had not been officially suspended, party spokesperson Witness Dube said they had served him and others and he will announce the action taken by the party after the hearing.
“Yes they have been served, I will update on the media alert group,” said Dube.