Biti Return To Parlie Blocked
3 October 2021

The readmission of MDC Alliance vice-president Tendai Biti and five other recalled People’s Democratic Party (PDP) MPs to Parliament has been blocked again after Benjamin Rukanda appealed the High Court judgment that reinstated the MPs at the Supreme Court.

Last week, High Court judge Justice Joseph Mafusire ordered that Biti and his five colleagues be readmitted as MPs.

Justice Mafusire said Rukanda had no basis to recall the MPs that include former Mbizo MP Settlement Chikwinya, Willias Madzimure (Kambuzuma), Kucaca Phulu (Nkulumane), Regai Tsunga (Mutasa South), and Sichelesile Mahlangu (Pumula).

Chikwinya Friday said they were only notified of the appeal by Rukanda after a decision had been made. He said:

Rukanda, Lucia Matibenga and other Zanu PF sponsored individuals who are working against the MDC Alliance and the elected people of Zimbabwe who were in Parliament did the obvious and appealed against the judgment of Judge Mafusire.

He said this was the third time that Rukanda and Matibenga had appealed against the ruling and under the circumstances, their return to Parliament remained on hold.

Over 40 MDC Alliance MPs have been recalled since last year after a Supreme Court judgment that nullified the appointment of Nelson Chamisa as MDC-T leader.