FIRED deputy spokesperson of the smaller faction of the MDC, Abednico Bhebhe, this week said his expulsion was unconstitutional and he will cling to his position.
Bhebhe was sacked together with his boss Gabriel Chaibva a fortnight ago by party president Arthur Mutambara who said he had reshuffled the information department.
However, party insiders said Chaibva was fired after attending the inauguration of President Robert Mugabe at State House on June 29, against the MDC position. No reason was given for Bhebheâ€™s removal from his information portfolio.
Mutambara appointed Edwin Mushoriwa as the partyâ€™s chief spokesperson and Renson Gasela as his deputy.
However, a fuming Bhebhe this week told the Zimbabwe Independent that he was still the MDCâ€™s deputy spokesperson.
Bhebhe said the power to dismiss him rests with the MDC national council, not Mutambara.
“The talk about me being expelled as party deputy spokesperson is nonsense,” he said. “I heard about my dismissal on the radio, newspapers and television. Nothing was communicated to me and as far as I am concerned I am still the partyâ€™s deputy spokesperson until the national council sits and officially passes such a decision.”
Chaibva said he had no comment on the matter when contacted this week.
In relieving the two senior party officials of their duties, Mutambara said they would be moved to other portfolios within the party.
“The MDC wishes to advise all concerned that with immediate effect the secretary and deputy secretary for information and publicity of the party shall be Edwin Mushoriwa and Renson Gasela respectively,” Mutambara said in the statement. “By the same token Gabriel Chaibva and Abednico Bhebhe will be deployed to other functions.”
But Bhebhe insisted that there was no way the party president could reshuffle the portfolios without the authority of the national council.
“The MDC president and the party leadership can only recommend issues to the national council which has the powers to endorse decisions,” he added.
Mutambara could not be reached for comment yesterday.