MDC-T Vice President, Dr Thokozani Khupe says she is the legitimate party leader and will not lose sleep over threats by the Acting President Nelson Chamisa.
Addressing about 500 supporters mostly from the Rainbow Coalition Groping and Mthwakazi pressure group in Bulawayo this Sunday, Dr Khupe said only a special congress can solve the formation’s impasse and as such she will fight to the end.
Addressing the same gathering, suspended MDC-T Spokesperson, Mr Obert Gutu said his team will not be associated with thugs, in sentiments insinuating that they might break-away from the Chamisa led formation in yet another split of the opposition party.
MDC-T Organising Secretary, Mr Abednico Bhebhe weighed in and said he cannot be associated by tribalists who are calling his group dissidents.
The rally had a poster of Dr Khupe as the key note address in her capacity as the MDC-T Vice President with a catchy theme: ‘#am i a dissident too.’
Political observers said the hard stance taken by Dr Khupe with the support from other high ranking officials marks yet another break-up of the MDC-T.
Khupe has been embroiled in a bitter race with Nelson Chamisa to succeed the late Morgan Tsvangirai as the leader of the opposition party. Khupe who is also against the MDC Alliance has said that her faction will pursue a coalition of its own. Said Khupe:
In this respect, therefore, we shall also pursue the formation of a holistic, viable and broad – based grand coalition of all progressive and democratic political forces that will face Zanu PF in the forthcoming harmonised elections. We shall always remain open to any forms of collaboration that are aimed at establishing a truly democratic and stable nation state in Zimbabwe.
Today, we boldly declare that we are the MDC and always shall remain the MDC that believes in not only respecting but also strictly upholding the party constitution as well as the party’s founding values, principles, character and culture. Going forward, we hereby immediately dissociate ourselves from any members of the MDC who are resorting to the use of wanton violence, intimidation and thuggery as tools for political mobilisation. Additionally, we also unreservedly and unashamedly declare that we are not going to be part of any political formation that doesn’t abide by the dictates of the MDC constitution.