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MDC. T. CRACKS WHIP ON CORRUPT COUNCILLORS...AND REAFFIRMS NO BUDGE POSITION ON CONSTITUTION

The Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai today, 24 August 2012, called an urgent Press Briefing. The briefing was addressed by the party's Secretary General Hon Tendai Biti and the Deputy Secretary General Dr. Tapiwa Mashakada. The briefing sought to share the outcomes of an 8 hour National Executive meeting. The following major announcements were made:

EXPULSION OF CORRUPT AND NON-PERFORMING COUNCILLORS

The MDC T announced that the NEC had resolved to expel 12 councillors, who were fingered as either corrupt or non-performers by a Social Service Delivery audit that the party commissioned in January 2012 on 10 of the councils that the MDC runs. The expulsion follows an earlier spate of expulsions that were effected on some councillors in Chitungwiza. The MDC T blamed corrupt senior council bureaucrats for driving some of their councillors into corrupt activities. A further 12 councillors will be summoned to the party and warned against behaviour that might sully the reputation of the party. Names of affected councillors will be officially released after the parties have been formally notified.

POSITION ON THE CONSTITUTION MAKING PROCESS

The MDC T reiterated their position that they would not negotiate the COPAC Draft with ZANU PF which has placed a 210 page revised draft on the table.   The MDC T Secretary General stated that the party received with "great disappointment, trepidation and heart break € the revised draft by ZANU PF. He stated that they would not, as a party, participate in a process that is an insult to the people of Zimbabwe and the Constitution Making process. The party restated the August 13 Council position that Article 6 of the GPA had been almost fully complied with, with the referendum being the main outstanding process.

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