Khupe, Allies Defy Court Order
Embattled MDC-T deputy president, Thokozani Khupe and her allies face imminent arrest after they allegedly defied a recent High Court order, barring them from occupying the party’s Bulawayo provincial offices.
The provisional order, granted by Justice Maxwell Takuva, came after MDC-T Bulawayo chairman, Gift Banda, accused Khupe and her team of disturbing provincial party programmes by illegally occupying the offices.
Khupe grabbed the party’s Bulawayo offices on March 4, as she challenged Nelson Chamisa’s recent nomination as substantive party leader.
Following the court order, Khupe’s personal assistant, Witness Dube issued a statement saying the party offices were accessible to all party members regardless of the differences.
The statement which was written on an MDC-T letterhead and originated from Khupe’s office read: “May I also clarify that the purported eviction of MDC-T acting president from the Bulawayo provincial offices through a High Court ‘spoliation order’ is grossly misleading piece of information. Dr. Khupe’s opposing affidavit to that was sought by Bulawayo provincial chairperson (Banda) was expressly for challenging the false allegations which Banda has stated in his founding affidavit.
“MDC-T Bulawayo office was and must always remain accessible to all members of the party regardless of differences in points of view and opinion.”