Activists in Zimbabwe and foreign politicians, such as US senators, see the legal and political fight among the MDC as further weakening the country’s democracy and being orchestrated by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.
The latest episode, on 17 March, saw six Zimbabwean opposition MPs, including ex-Finance Minister Tendai Biti, being expelled from parliament.
Speaker Jacob Mudenda dismissed the MPs after leaders of a breakaway faction of the MDC said that Biti and his colleagues were no longer members of the party.
Under Zimbabwe law, if an MP leaves the party for which they were elected, they lose their parliamentary seat automatically.
Biti had been chairing the Public Accounts Committee which has published several investigations into what he called “state capture” by the ruling Zanu-PF.
Next month, the Committee is due to release an investigation on corruption in the
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