…Ex-deputy premier fights parly recall plot
By Nkosana Dlamini
Unsettled MDC-T vice president Thokozani Khupe has filed an urgent High Court application seeking to interdict party leader Douglas Mwonzora from recalling her as proportional representation MP due to alleged links with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF.
In her founding affidavit, filed at the Bulawayo High Court under case number HC 1940/21 and through Messrs Ncube Attorneys, Khupe argues her impending recall was grossly unreasonably.
She filed the appeal jointly with Gweru and Chitungwiza mayors Josia Makombe and Lovemore Maiko who face the same fate and are being accused of links with the Nelson Chamisa led MDC Alliance.
The decision to seek her recall, according to the former deputy prime minister, follows a Mwonzora-chaired MDC-T National Council meeting 26 November this year which resolved the three under-fire party officials be recalled from both parliament and councils.
Argues Khupe, “The manner by which the persons to be recalled by the 1st Respondent (MDC-T) from deployment in rural, urban and provincial councils and from the National House of Assembly is arbitrary, observing not even the basics of natural justice, is so grossly unreasonably such that a reasonable administrators seized with issues such as 1st Respondent’s administrators were on the 26th of November 2021, would not have conducted themselves in the manner 1st Respondent’s administrators did.
In the cited meeting, Khupe says, MDC-T members “traded accusations of political infidelity without base”.
She continues, “It was particularly alleged that I was at the head of those that were sympathetic to 1st Respondent’s political nemesis, ZANU (PF), and that, yet others were politically consorting with a competing political party, the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance.”
Khupe is adamant MDC-T “intends to proceed by secrecy and surprise as it did in the year 2018, when it clandestinely recalled me from the National Assembly”.
She continues, “As a senior and founder member of the 1st Respondent, I confirm that all such of the 1st Respondent’s recalls and expulsions from local and national people’s houses have been without due notice, and have not been carried through via due process, in full compliance with the laws of natural justice, and in compliance with constitutional safeguards in promotion of lawful, reasonable and procedurally fair administrative actions.
“I have no doubt that after 2nd Applicant’s (Mwonzora) recall has been made known to him many of the shouted named including that of myself, will be receiving out own recalls anytime any day from now.
“1st Respondent’s recall therefore are opaque and at the which of, particularly the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Respondents.”
Khupe wants resolutions of the MDC-T meeting that decided her recall be set aside.
Cited as First to seventh Respondents are MDC-T, Mwonzora, Morgan Komichi (national chair), Paurina Mupariwa (Secretary General), Speaker of the National Assembly, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, as well as Bulawayo Provincial Minister.