Tuesday, 4 May 2021

BITI TURNS TABLES AS PDP PUSHES FOR RUKANDA'S ARREST

THE opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has turned the tables against its member Benjamin Rukanda and reported him to law enforcement agents for fraud and perjury after he unilaterally recalled six MDC Alliance legislators, including party vice-president Tendai Biti, from Parliament without the party’s consent.

Rukanda allegedly masqueraded as the party’s secretary-general and wrote to the Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda to have the six legislators — Biti (Harare East), Willias Madzimure (Kambuzuma), Settlement Chikwinya (Mbizo), Kucaca Phulu (Nkulumane), Sichelesile Mahlangu (Pumula) and Regai Tsunga (Mutasa South) — recalled.

PDP youth secretary for mobilisation Lloyd Madzimure last week reported Rukanda at the Harare Central Police Station under case number IR 041348.

“I only got to know Rukanda in connection with this matter, and in the United PDP, he was in lower structures in Masvingo,” Madzimure said.

In his statement to the police, Madzimure said Rukanda misrepresented to Mudenda that he was the secretary-general of the party when it was actually Chikwinya who held the position.

“On March 17, 2021, the accused authored a letter to the Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda, claiming to be PDP secretary-general while, as a matter of fact, the secretary-general was Settlement Chikwinya,” Madzimure said.

“The accused person had no legal right to call for the recalling of the above MPs, and in doing so he greatly misdirected the Speaker (Mudenda) to make lame decisions against them.”

Contacted for comment, Rukanda said he was busy. “In the meantime, I am busy,” he said. Efforts to get a comment from PDP leader Lucia Matibenga were in vain as her mobile phone was not being answered.

Biti and his colleagues recently had their recall set aside by the High Court and are now set to resume their parliamentary duties. Newsday

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