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suspends MP over Domestic Violence Bill
THE Morgan Tsvangirai-led
MDC faction has suspended Tafara-Mabvuku Member of House of Assembly
Mr Timothy Mubawu from its national council over utterances he made
recently while debating the Domestic
Violence Bill in the House.
has also been stripped of his position as director of elections
for Harare province over his alleged involvement in the savage attack
of Harare North Member of the House of Assembly, Ms Trudy Stevenson,
in July this year.
statements concerning the Bill have since sparked outrage from several
women groups who took to the streets to demonstrate against his
a fortnight ago, the lawmaker said the Domestic Violence Bill should
not be passed as it was against biblical principles that men were
superior to women.
In two separate
letters to Mr Mubawu, the faction’s secretary-general, Mr Tendai
Biti, said both cases have been referred to the national disciplinary
committee to deal with them.
On the Domestic
Violence Bill, Mr Biti said Mr Mubawu’s statements in the House
of Assembly were not consistent with the party’s position regarding
"It is alleged
that in a wide-ranging debate, you made remarks that were against
the party position of supporting the Bill and more importantly your
remarks that undermined the party’s constitution and provisions
and position on gender equality, religious tolerance and against
feudal bigotry," said Mr Biti in the letter of suspension.
"It was felt
that your conduct fell far short of what is expected of a diligent
Member of Parliament of our party and brought the party into disrepute,"
said Mr Biti, who is also Harare East Member of House of Assembly.
Mr Mubawu from the Harare provincial executive, Mr Biti cited the
report complied by Advocate Happious Zhou’s commission of inquiry,
which cited deep-rooted division in the Tafara-Mabvuku district
effect, the Tafara-Mabvuku district is dissolved and an interim
committee will be appointed to run the district until such a time
when elections are held within three months from the date of this
decision," said Mr Biti.
"As a result
of your own destructive and unhelpful role in the entire saga as
fully detailed in the report, the national executive committee has
removed and stripped you of your position as the provincial director
of elections in the Harare province forthwith."
lawmaker was ordered not to interfere with the Tafara-Mabvuku district
national executive committee has barred, stopped and interdicted
you from subjectively interfering with the Tafara-Mabvuku structures
and from trying to influence the forthcoming district elections
to be held. The report received in the executive (meeting) is that
you had already started trying to influence the said elections.
Please be advised that the further pursuance of such an agenda may
and will lead to more drastic action."
yesterday, Mr Mubawu said he accepted the suspension and would wait
for the due process.
"I will accept
my party’s decision to suspend me. I feel that people took my statement
out of context. I meant no malice to anybody. I also have a mother,
a wife, daughters and I don’t bash them. However, it is my party
that has taken that decision and I will abide by it," said Mr Mubawu.
Mr Biti confirmed
the suspension yesterday saying the faction had noted the "seriously
feudalistic and primitively patriarchal remarks" made by Mr Mubawu
on Wednesday October 4 2006.
"The party restated
its social democratic position and its belief in the values of solidarity,
justice, equality, liberation, freedom, transparency, humility,
obedience and accountability," said Mr Biti.
He was, however,
silent with regard to recommendations by the committee that the
faction’s provincial chairman, Mr Morgan Femai, be investigated
for his failure to fulfil his obligations in relation to the attack
on Ms Stevenson.
recommendations followed Mr Femai’s testimony before it where he
is said to have appeared unperturbed by the attack on the female
Mr Mubawu incensed
women when he said:
"I stand here
representing God, the Almighty. Women are not equal to men. It is
a dangerous Bill and let it be known in Zimbabwe that the right,
privilege and status of men are gone. I stand here alone and say
this Bill should not be passed in this house. It is diabolic. Our
powers are being usurped in broad daylight in this House."
women demonstrators last week said they were shocked that the legislator
was turning against women who were among people who elected him
into the House of Assembly.
On the Adv Zhou
report, the committee noted that the Mabvuku district was deeply
divided with two distinct factions — one aligned to the lawmaker
while the other was aligned to the chairman, Mr Morgan Gonhi.
Adv Zhou’s report, the Gonhi-led group accuses Mr Mubawu of not
consulting the district committee on matters concerning the constituency
and the fanning of violence and divisions within the party by trying
to impose his own supporters on the structures rather than elected
On the other
hand, Mr Mubawu accused Gonhi’s camp of turning against him because
he refused to succumb to their insatiable demands for money after
they campaigned for him in the primary elections before the 2005
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