Khupe dumps Polad, disbands own party and invites challenge for MDC presidency
By Staff Reporter
NEWLY reinstalled MDC-T acting president Thokozani Khupe has announced the disbandment of her MDC formation coupled with her exit own from President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s multi-party POLAD in order to prepare the main opposition for an extraordinary congress as directed by a recent Supreme Court ruling.
In a Friday letter she addressed to MDC-T structures over congress preparations, Khupe also invited challengers to the top opposition job.
The court ruling recently invalidated MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa’s rise to the helm of the popular opposition just when news filtered through that substantive leader Morgan Tsvangirai had lost a long battle with colon cancer in South Africa February 2018.
The court also directed the restoration of MDC’s 2014 structures in which Khupe was the only deputy to Tsvangirai while Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri were in 2016 appointed as co-VPs by the former opposition leader.
Amid the confusion and uncertainty that has engulfed the now rechristened MDC Alliance, Khupe has announced she was going ahead organising congress.
She announced this in a letter she addressed to all 2014 MDC-T Branches, Wards, Districts, Provinces and National Council.
The letter was further copied to “Chairman” Morgen Komichi, “Secretary General” Douglas Mwonzora and Organising Secretary Abedinigo Bhebhe.
Said the ex-deputy prime minister, “The formation known as MDC-T that was elected at a congress held on 20th April, 2018, at the Stanley Square, Bulawayo, be disbanded forthwith, pending the holding of an EOC within three months from date of judgment.
“The Acting President’s engagement with POLAD be suspended with immediate effect until authority to engage is granted to the incoming President by the Party. This means I shall not be attending any POLAD meetings going forward.
“The incoming President shall move around Zimbabwe in a comprehensive outreach program that shall solicit members’ views on the Party’s participation at POLAD.”
Khupe added, “In conclusion, I would like to reiterate that the SC ruling was not an imposition of my person onto the MDC family, but, rather, is an opportunity given us to freely and democratically elect a President who shall take over from our late freedom and democracy icon, Dr Morgan R. Tsvangirai, in accordance with s9.21.1 of the MDC Constitution.
“The Presidential race shall be open to all party cadres who wish to contest, provided they meet the constitutional requirements for contesting candidates.”