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THE MDC Renewal Team said Friday it would summon suspended party leader Morgan Tsvangirai to a disciplinary hearing next month, a move dismissed with derision by a party faction backing the former premier.

Jacob Mafume, spokesperson for the renewal team, said a panel of three judges had been appointed to discipline Tsvangirai and others suspended with him in line with Article 12 of the MDC constitution.

Mafume said the former premier was made aware of charges against him.

“The hearing will be done in the next four weeks and three judges, who are reputable and experienced lawyers, have been appointed to handle the issue,” he said.

Mafume declined to name the three panellists for professional reasons.

However, MDC-T spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora, dismissed the planned disciplinary action saying Biti and his team had no authority over Tsvangirai.

“First of all, Tendai Biti, Jacob Mafume and others have formed their own party which they are failing to find a name for. Being people who have formed their own party, they have authority over members of their party not members who don’t belong to that party,” he said.

“I don’t, neither do President (Morgan) Tsvangirai and other leaders, belong to that party and we will therefore not appear before a kangaroo tribunal,” he said.

The renewal team on April 26 suspended Tsvangirai and several top officials backing his bid to cling onto power, accusing them of violating the party’s constitution as well as promoting violence and factionalism.

Those shown the door along with the former premier included deputy president Thokozani Khupe, Morgan Komichi (deputy chairperson), Douglas Mwonzora (secretary for information), Nelson Chamisa (organising secretary) and Abednico Bhebhe (deputy organising secretary).

Tsvangirai’s faction responded by expelling the leadership renewal team which is fronted by Biti, the party’s secretary general and former finance minister.

The dispute spilled to into Parliament where Tsvangirai’s group sought the recall of all legislators backing Biti.

However, Speaker Jacob Mudenda, refused to be involved and told the feuding factions to take their fight to the courts.

Meanwhile, Mafume also hinted they could move to kick Tsvangirai out of Harvest House, MDC headquarters in Harare.

Mafume dismissed suggestions that the renewal team was looking for an alternative accommodation in the capital.

“Once their cases are finalised, we will move substantively to the administrative issues but if one is squatting or illegally staying on land and nothing is being done, it doesn’t mean the land is yours.

“However, we will let the due process of law take course,” he said.

Source : New Zimbabwe