Chamisa tells Khupe to forget about MDC takeover
MDC leader Nelson Chamisa has vowed that his rival Thokozani Khupe will not be allowed to take over leadership of the party despite the High Court declaring his elevation null and void.
“We went to elections as the MDC Alliance,” he said. “Khupe went to elections with her party MDC Thokozani (MDC-T).
“It is unthinkable that she can now come to our party to take it over.
“A man from next door cannot come to your house and take over your wife and start eating and staying inside.
“So, Khupe is our sister, she can come to Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House (MDC headquarters) , but only as a visitor.
“Her fate in MDC is on our agenda at the congress. That is where it will be decided, then we part ways formally.”
Khupe said she had already met MDC secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora to discuss the court ruling and was eager to talk to Chamisa on the way forward.
Chamisa accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government of interfering in the party’s internal processes.
He said after the congress set for May 23 and 24, the party would step up pressure on the government and force Mnangagwa to negotiate with the MDC to solve the country’s economic and political crisis.
“After the congress, MDC will give answers to the economy,” he said.
“I was voted to be president last year and the courts gave my victory to Mnangagwa.
“I was given the mandate to lead the MDC, now the courts want to give it to someone else.
“The economy is failing. We need dialogue in which we sit down and resolve the legitimacy of our country’s leadership.”
Chamisa claimed Zanu PF was trying to derail the MDC congress, but said nothing would stop the party from choosing new leaders.
“Zanu PF is panicking… now they are trying to stop our congress. They will not have everything go their way,” he charged.
“ED is not God. He cannot have all his wishes granted.
“Look at the economy, it is giving him problems. He is failing to deal even with sewerage blockages in towns,” he said.
He was speaking to the Standard.
Justice Edith Mushore last week ruled that the late MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai violated the party’s constitution after he appointed Chamisa and Ellias Mudzuri as his deputies in 2017.
Chamisa used the appointment to outsmart both Khupe and Mudzuri to take control of the party.