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THE current Zanu PF infighting pitying Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his predecessor Joice Mujuru is feared could decide the fate of 21 MDC-T ‘rebel’ MPs who have been recalled from parliament by the mainstream party on alleged treachery.

Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda, will Tuesday rule on whether the Tendai Biti led MPs can still keep their seats after they broke ranks with the main opposition to operate autonomously.

Speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of jeopardising the outcome, one of the MPs targeted for the axe said the majority of the dissenting legislators feared Mudenda’s links with the powerful V P could spell doom for them.

“It’s tough Cde,” said the MP in an interview with NewZimbabwe.com.

“Things could be different if there was no infighting in Zanu PF and only then the case could be decided purely on its own merits. Now Ngwena (Mnangagwa) needs his own MPs and may find this as an opportunity to put his own people since the majority are Mujuru’s people.”

Mnangagwa, who until last December, had been living under Mujuru’s shadow, is desperate to have his own platoon of MPs after it is widely believed the ousted VP has nearly a hundred Zanu PF legislators in her pocket.

Observers say the status quo remains dangerous for the ambitious Mnangagwa as Mujuru’s MPs can lay ambush on him with the support of opposition MPs.

When two parliamentary seats were declared vacant early this year, there was intense jostling among Zanu PF rival camps to put compliant candidates in the two seats with claims Mujuru was sponsoring her brother to the Mount Darwin West seat.

She was blocked in the attempt while Mnangagwa had the ease of replacing himself with his wife Auxilia in the Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe constituency.

In yet another sign that Parliament was a potential battleground for the feuding camps, Mudenda, a Mnangagwa ally, did not think twice to boot out then Headlands MP Didymus Mutasa and Temba Mliswa (Hurungwe West).

The two Mujuru allies were expelled from the house on the instructions of Zanu PF following an earlier expulsion from the party for alleged indiscipline.

Again, their seats have opened the arena for intense swashbuckling among party rivals.

And in the 21 MDC held seats it is feared Mnangagwa, who doubles as VP and minister in charge of justice and parliamentary affairs, could prevail again and influence the expulsion of the MPs.

Reached for comment, Mbizo MP Settlement Chikwinya, a Biti ally, chose to be diplomatic about the plight of the embattled group, saying he was confident Mudenda would be guided by the law.

“I will not think of it in that dimension,” Chikwinya said.

“I want to think the Speaker is simply going to look at the merits of the matter and mostly be guided by the principles of the law.

“I would not be tempted to believe that the Speaker can be guided by any infighting in Zanu PF. The merits and principles of the law which primarily shaped his earlier judgement will prevail.”

Chikwinya was also referring to Mudenda’s decision May last year in which he referred the camps to courts of law after they were both claiming to be the legitimate MDC.

The latest decision to recall the MPs was reached by the Morgan Tsvangirai led party which insists its legislators were no longer representing its interests as they now belonged to the newly formed United Movement for Democratic Change (UMDC).

Source : New Zimbabwe