Supporters of MDC-T’s three deputy presidents jeered and denigrated each other through song and interjections at the party’s 17th anniversary celebrations in Bulawayo at the weekend. Thokozani Khupe’s supporters interjected proceedings to show their solidarity with her, following the appointment of Elias Mudzuri and Nelson Chamisa as joint deputies.
Khupe arrived at the stadium well after Morgan Tsvangirai, Mudzuri, Chamisa and other delegates had taken their seats and upon her arrival, many people, mostly women, celebrated her entry, with songs praising Khupe, saying she would not lose her position. At some point, Chamisa was booed as he spoke, although Mudzuri was spared the insults.
Former Zanu PF legislator, Temba Mliswa, called for unity among supporters in the Tsvangirai-led opposition party saying,
The secret that I have for Zimbabweans is that we have to rally behind Tsvangirai in our own different ways. God wants to see how united you are as a party. It is a test as a party. As a government-in-waiting, show us unity among yourselves. If you are not able to be united, don’t blame Zimbabweans for not voting you.