Chamisa setback as Judge dismisses MDC-T name challenge
By Staff Reporter
MDC-T Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa’s bid to bar ex-Vice President Thokozani Khupe’s breakaway faction from using the party name hit a fell through Tuesday when a Bulawayo High Court dismissed the challenge.
MDC-T acting national chair Morgen Komichi had approached court seeking an order to bar the main opposition’s allies turned bitter enemies from using the party name and symbols in their new party.
The Chamisa led MDC-T had insisted rivals were dismissed from the party and had no right to use the party trademark, symbols and signs as this would lead to confusion.
But Bulawayo High Court judge Francis Bere dismissed the application with costs.
The tiff between two former MDC-T VPs began February this year when Chamisa stampeded his co-VPs, Khupe and Elias Mudzuri from the main opposition’s top job following the death of substantive leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
Efforts to reconcile the former rivals have failed as both have declared themselves legitimate party Presidents.