Mutambara, the Deputy Prime Minister, was meant to have been hauled before the disciplinary committee last week to answer charges of perceived hero-worshipping of the veteran guerilla leader.
His arraignment has been thrown into disarray after MDC-M officials — Renson Gasela (deputy spokesperson), Lyson Mlambo (party’s national chairman for the disciplinary committee) and Ntombizodwa Gumbo (Midlands South Women’s Assembly chairperson) — perished in a car accident last week.
The party’s Midlands provincial youth secretary, George Makani, who was travelling with the trio, died this Monday while in intensive care at the Bulawayo United Hospitals.
Gasela, an agriculturist and former legislator for Gweru Rural and Mlambo were buried in Gweru while Gumbo was laid to rest at her rural home in Mberengwa.
“These funerals have taken precedence and nothing regarding Mutambara is moving so far,” MDC-M national spokesperson, Edwin Mushoriwa told The Financial Gazette on Tuesday.
“Just after the funerals, we will take the bull by the horns using internal channels. I can assure you that after the funerals, other things (Mutambara’s case) will take centre-stage.”
Mushoriwa said all members of the party were subject to disciplinary action where they are suspected of going against the party’s rules and regulations.
“No one is above the law in the party,” he said.
The MDC-M procedure is that its disciplinary committee will write a letter to Mutambara summoning him to appear before it or alternatively, the national council can recommend suspension until the outcome of the hearing.
Issues came to a head when the robotics professor, widely seen in political circles as loose-tongued, sung praises to a competitor in the inclusive government, raising eyebrows within the rank and file of the MDC-M with members questioning the logic of being in opposition politics.
While introducing President Mugabe during the International Women’s Day in Chitungwiza, Mutambara ran short of superlatives while describing how the veteran nationalist played a pivotal role in emancipating Zimbabwean women.
He said: “We need organisational capacity. We need strategic vision. I am here to present to you the personification of consistent leadership in the name of President Mugabe . . . I am here today to showcase organisational capacity. President Mugabe has been in charge of his party for 35 years.
“Since 1975, he has been able to maintain cohesion in his own political party. That requires consistent leadership. As Zimbabweans, we need to rise above the occasion and give credit where it is due, even if the credit undermines my own political career.”
The MDC-M provincial structures wrote communiqués to their supporters distancing themselves from Mutambara’s utterances.