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MDC shows defiant official the door

Itai Dzamara

THE Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leadership in Murehwa district has expelled a member who defied a decision to suspend participation in elections when he filed his papers at the nominati

on court for a council by-election. He has since withdrawn his appliction.

Peace Benza filed his nomination papers two weeks ago for the by-election in Murehwa Ward 1 set for September 25. Speaking to this paper last week, Benza defended his decision – which came hard on the heels of a resolution by the MDC national executive to suspend participation in all elections because of violence and other anomalies.

MDC spokesman, Paul Themba Nyathi, this week said the decision by the Murehwa district leadership to expel Banza would be considered by the party’s disciplinary committee before it could be ratified by the national leadership.

“The normal disciplinary action will be taken. The MDC leadership in Murehwa will have to pass the recommendation that he (Benza) be expelled to the disciplinary committee and the matter will then go to the national leadership level,” Nyathi said.

The MDC Murehwa district committee last week decided to expel Benza. However, the aspiring councillor said he had filed his papers out of conviction and a desire to prove a point to Zanu PF. “They burnt my house and tortured me. I wanted to prove to them that I can defeat them in elections,” Benza said.

He withdrew his nomination on Wednesday.

The MDC national executive announced three weeks ago the decision to suspend participation in elections, citing the continued use of violence and repressive laws by Zanu PF as well as what the opposition says is government’s unwillingness to implement electoral reforms.

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