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THE Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda has said a determination on whether expelled MDC-T Secretary-General, Tendai Biti and other MPs in his faction will be recalled from parliament will be made this week.

Mudenda is expected to determine whether Biti and other MPs who include, Willas Madzimure, Paul Madzore and his brother Solomon along with six others should be fired from Parliament.

“I will make my ruling in two days’ time,” Mudenda said Tuesday.

This follows a leadership wrangle pitting party president Morgan Tsvangirai and his group on one side and Biti’s faction on the other over the leadership of the beleaguered opposition party.

Biti was last week expelled from the party after he suspended party leader Morgan Tsvangirai and other top leaders’ on allegations of breaching the party constitution and factionalism.

The former finance minister and his renewal team held a meeting at Harare’s Mandel Training Centre which suspended Tsvangirai and his allies who include deputy leader Thokozani Khupe, national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa and party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora, among others.

As secretary-general, Biti then wrote to the speaker, seeking protection of the legislators associated with his faction from being recalled. Tsvangirai and his faction countered the move by also writing to the same speaker, arguing that Biti had no legal mandate to do so as the leader of the opposition in parliament is Khupe.

The faction announced the expulsion of the Biti faction, which also has former Energy Minister, Elton Mangoma.

Parliament resumes sitting on May 13 and by that time, the ruling is expected to have been made.

If Mudenda expels Biti and his team, by-elections will be held within three months and chances are high that Zanu PF would increase their representation in parliament.

Should the Speaker decide otherwise, it would represent a huge blow to Tsvangirai who is battling for survival as calls for him to step down increase.

Legal experts said Mudenda might not be able to resolve the dispute without involving the courts as it is a battle of who is a legitimate leader between the two.

Precedence also shows that when the MDC first split in 2005, members of parliament from both factions continued in their roles until the March 2008 elections.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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