THE Arthur Mutambara-led MDCâ€™s national council yesterday gave an ultimatum to House of Assembly Speaker Lovemore Moyo to expel three of its former MPs by Tuesday, failure to do which the party will lodge a complaint with the police.
Edwin Mushoriwa, the partyâ€™s spokesperson, told journalists in the capital yesterday that they have issued the ultimatum because Moyo was â€œdraggingâ€ his heels on the issue.
The party wrote to Moyo last month informing him that Abednico Bhebhe of Nkayi South, Njabulo Mguni of Lupane East and Norman Mpofu of Bulilima East were no longer MDC-M legislators and should be expelled from parliament.
â€œThe national council has noted that the Speaker has for some reason failed to expel the three legislators and we feel he has done so because he has some vested interests in the case,â€ Mushoriwa said. â€œWe also feel that he favours a certain group of individuals who were expelled by the party, and that is the reason he is dragging his feet. As a result, the party has resolved to give him until Tuesday to expel the legislators from the House of Assembly, failure of which we will pursue the matter by lodging a formal complaint with the police.â€
Mushoriwa could not explain how the matter would be a police case.
The three expelled legislators this month took the MDC-M to the High court seeking an order to stay and suspend their expulsion from the party in a bid to retain their parliamentary seats.
The three legislators have continued to attend parliamentary sessions, including chairing portfolio committee meetings and have even been allocated vehicles under the parliamentary car scheme.