The MDC-T has suspended Harare provincial chairperson and losing parliamentary candidate for the Epworth constituency in the 26 March by-elections, Zivai Mhetu.
Mhetu was suspended by the MDC-T national council for allegedly bringing the name of the party into disrepute.
Speaking to NewsDay, Mhetu said he was being victimised for speaking against party leader Douglas Mwonzora’s alleged incompetency, abuse of power and abuse of funds.
Mhetu claimed that on Friday, Mwonzora called in anti-riot police and bouncers to block him from entering Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House, the party’s headquarters. Said Mhetu:
They suspended me verbally. They hired party youths, bouncers and riot police so that they could bar me from entering the national council meeting.
I requested a suspension letter, which they couldn’t provide. Before they even planned to suspend me, I was already planning to quit.
I cannot be part of a shameful organisation. I was patient to tolerate his incompetency, his abuse of funds, and his abuse of power, but I have reached such a level that I cannot continue.
People have lost confidence in the leadership of Mwonzora. I realised that we cannot go to a national congress with such a leader because he is going to rig the elections.
So participating in the national congress will be as good as sanitising his leadership and we are never going anywhere as a party.
Mhetu also accused Mwonzora is being a ZANU PF stooge and an avowed enemy of the country’s main opposition party, the Citizens Coalition for Change. He said:
Whenever he speaks on the podium, he is found to be castigating Nelson Chamisa and his CCC [Citizens Coalition for Change] party.
At no point did he speak about corruption of the Zanu PF government, strikes by teachers and nurses.
Our duty as the opposition is to ensure checks and balances on the ruling party and to keep it on its toes.
Mwonzora is not doing that. He is busy fighting the opposition.
Mhetu’s suspension comes after another MDC-T activist, Kudzanai Mashumba, was manhandled by party members after he tried to expose Mwonzora’s alleged misappropriation of funds.