Khupe Party Gets New Leaders*
Expelled MDC-T deputy president Thokozani Khupe was yesterday elected unopposed as the leader of a breakaway MDC-T formation, and the ex-deputy prime minister quickly said she did not regret cutting ties with her former colleagues in the opposition party formed in 1999.
The Khupe-led MDC-T held an extraordinary congress at Stanley Square, Makokoba in Bulawayo, where a new leadership was elected, the party’s constitution amended and the symbol changed.
The congress was held under the theme Building A New Zimbabwe Anchored On Constitutionalism, The Rule of Law, Tolerance, Love, Peace and Solidarity.
Khupe and MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa are locked in a High Court battle over the use of the party name and logo following a recent split triggered by a leadership dispute over who was supposed to be the party leader after the passing-away of Morgan Tsvangirai in February.
Chamisa grabbed the presidency after his endorsement by the MDC-T national council, but Khupe dismissed his appointment as unconstitutional, and claimed she was the leader on grounds she was the only elected vice president.
“Let me state categorically, that we make no apology about calling to order those of our comrades who have hijacked our party to further their goals and political expediency at the expense of the general populace who make this movement for democratic change such a glorious organisation to call home,” Khupe said in her acceptance speech.
“Constitutionalism is the blood of the party, democracy is the bones that it stands on, and our values are the flesh to this body we call MDC-T.
“This congress is, therefore, a clarion call to us to embrace constitutionalism and democratic principles.”