Zimbabwe opposition MPs fired from Parliament

Six MPs of Zimbabwe's main opposition party, the MDC-Alliance, including the party's Vice President have been expelled from Parliament. eNCA's Pindai Dube reports. Courtesy of #DStv403

HARARE - Six MPs of Zimbabwe's main opposition party, the MDC-Alliance -- including the party's vice president -- have been expelled from Parliament.

This after their former party, the PDP, wrote to the National Assembly saying they have crossed the floor.

MDC-Alliance vice president Tendai Biti has accused the little-known PDP party of being used by President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government to destroy the opposition.

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Biti says that's because of the MDC-Alliance's work in Parliament of exposing corruption by the regime.

"Zimbabwe is run by cartels that are controlled and there are life and blood of (ruling) Zanu PF," Biti said.

"We have exposed these cartels, their control of foreign currency and their control of fuel sector."

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An expelled MP said they will contest the decision to fire them in court.

But the PDP party's spokesperson Nqobizitha Khumalo insists the expulsion of the six MPs was constitutional.

"These MPs and councillors entered Parliament as members of PDP, they entered as alliance members and we know that alliance was a pact, not a party," Khumalo said.

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"They entered as PDP in the alliance because they crossed the floor, they left  PDP and they are no longer serving the party's interests. We had no option but to withdraw them."

* eNCA correspondent Pindai Dube reports.


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