Misihairabwi-Mushonga risks MDC expulsion over Khupe ties

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LEGISLATOR Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga faces expulsion from her party for allegedly snubbing the MDC Alliance as well as hobnobbing with expelled MDC-T vice president, Thokozani Khupe.

Misihairabwi-Mushonga is a member of the MDC party which is led by former industry minister Prof Welshman Ncube.

The MDC is party of the Alliance which is backing MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa in elections due this July.

Khupe, who has publicly expressed her reservations over the Alliance, was expelled from the MDC-T together with former organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe and Obert Gutu, who was the party’s former spokesperson.

Sources in the MDC told that the party’s leadership is concerned with Misihairabwi–Mushonga’s   alliance with Khupe.

The Matebeleland South proportional representation MP last week attended a ‘spiritual high tea’ meeting held in Bulawayo in solidarity with Khupe following her dismissal from the party.

“It is women like you (Khupe) that inspire me because when I look at you I see myself.  Your story is my story.

“I would like to state categorically, clearly that I will not disappoint the women of Zimbabwe,” said Misihairabwi–Mushonga during the meeting which was also attended by People’s Democratic Party president, Lucia Matibenga.

Outraged MDC officials said action would soon be taken against the legislator.

“The MDC leadership will be meeting to decide the fate of Priscilla who has clearly defied the party’s position on the MDC Alliance,” said an official who did not want to be named.

“The party was not going to be worried about her shenanigans if she was just an ordinary card-carrying party member, but here we are talking of an MP and a former secretary general of the organisation.” 

The official said Misihairabwi-Mushonga was likely to be recalled from parliament for denouncing the MDC Alliance.

MDC Bulawayo provincial chairperson Oscar Ncube said although the parliamentarian is still an ordinary party member, her recent actions are clearly against the programmes and values of the organisation.

“To us, Misihairabwi-Mushonga, like Khupe is an attention-seeker we do not take seriously,” said Ncube.

“The party is aware of her clandestine political dealings. However, our focus right now is building a strong alliance which will dislodge Zanu PF from power.

“We will not distracted by people like Mushonga because we are aware of their agenda.”

In an interview with this publication last week, the former Glen View legislator insisted that she is still an MDC supporter.

“At the moment my dear, I am still in a political party so, I would still be bound by what my political party has decided but the beauty of a secret ballot is that it still does not speak to everybody else but it speaks to me, so I think it will be a bit unfair for you to ask me out of all Zimbabweans to declare who I am going to vote in the coming elections,” she said when asked to declare her preferred presidential candidate in this year’s elections.