PRESIDENT Mugabe has deplored the betrayal and dishonesty displayed by some 3 Zanu PF legislators who voted for the opposition in the recent elections for the Speaker in the Lower House.
At least three Zanu PF MPs defied orders to back the party’s pick for Speaker of Parliament Simon Khaya Moyo who is also the Zanu PF chairman and voted MDC-T candidate Lovemore Moyo.
Moyo, also the chairman of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party, polled 105 votes, defeating the Zanu PF candidate who drew 93 votes. There was one spoilt ballot.
The election was called after the Supreme Court nullified Lovemore Moyo’s initial election as Speaker in 2008.
Addressing the Zanu PF central Committee in Harare, Mugabe said the conduct of the MPs was incompatible with the principles of his party.
"Most MPs are leaders of the party in one way or the other, and we don't expect that from you. If you do not listen to the party leadership, who will you listen to in the future anyway? Let's be true to ourselves and be principled," Mugabe said.
"We must cherish our principles because they make you what you are and we should stand by what we consider to be right. Ko wakambonzi nani pinda muZanu-PF? Ko chiendaka kwaTsvangirai kwacho."
A few Zanu PF parliamentarians were fingered for voting for the MDC-T candidate in the first election for the Lower House Speaker in 2008.
Zanu PF youth leaders also expressed disappointment at the “dishonesty and unprincipled behaviour displayed by legislators.
Party Youth Secretary for Information and Publicity, Bekezela Sibanda said it was disheartening to see some party parliamentarians selling out.
National Commissar, Mike Gave said those who voted against the Zanu PF candidate should be kicked of the party.