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Parliament will not investigate how letters sent by MDC-T to recall 21 legislators that are part of the splinter MDC Renewal Team were “smuggled” into Parliament, saying it was an internal party matter.

Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Cde Mabel Chinomona, yesterday made the ruling after Kambuzuma representative Mr Willas Madzimure who is part of the Renewal Team, raised a point of order saying the letters were delivered unprocedurally.

“Rule 113 gives the Clerk of Parliament authority to receive and stamp communication that comes into the House,” he said.

“When communication is distributed by an officer of Parliament, it must be date stamped and checked. Yesterday an officer received communication from a certain political party and distributed it to Honourable Members. The communication had not been vetted and stamped so I want the honourable chair to rule on the matter,” he said.

After consulting Parliament’s administration Cde Chinomona ruled that they would not be involved in the matter.

“Administration is saying they did not send any officer to distribute the communication. This may have been done by some members of the other political party so I think that one is a party issue,” Cde Chinomona said.

MDC-T wrote letters to the 21 notifying them of the party’s decision to recall them from Parliament.

The letters were “smuggled” into Parliament and deposited in the concerned MPs’ pigeon holes.

MDC-T secretary general, Mr Douglas Mwonzora, wrote to all 21 MPs letters dated March 4, 2015 informing them of their expulsion from the party and recall from Parliament.

Source : The Herald