MDC-T Vice President Nelson Chamisa is now the party’s de facto leader after being appointed Acting President for the next 12 months. Chamisa takes over from the veteran leader, Morgan Tsvangirai who passed on last night, after succumbing to colon cancer in South Africa. Chamisa had been involved in a power tussle with co-vice presidents Elias Mudzuri and Thokozani Khupe, with all three insisting that they were the rightful acting president in Tsvangirai’s absence.
Chamisa was appointed by the party’s national council although the two other vice presidents did not attend the meeting. Chamisa claimed that Mudzuri did not attend the meeting despite being notified while Khupe is still on her way to Harare. Chamisa vowed to win the forthcoming elections for his late mentor. He also called for unity within the party in order to defeat Zanu-PF. He said that he was going to urge Khupe and Mudzuri to continue the fight.
Tsvangirai’s legacy is in safe hands at all party levels. We will communicate everything to respect the family’s wishes
We are in a leadership crisis and the deliberations being made are eliminating all the noise. So we had to step in quickly to deal with the leadership crisis.
Vice-president Elias Mudzuri was aware of this meeting and am not sure why he is not in here, and Madam Khupe is making her way to Harare from Bulawayo
I will tell Mudzuri and Khupe to join forces. I know there are frailties ahead. It’s no longer about party positions. We cannot all lead the party at one point. Tsvangirai’s shoes are too big. We should gift him an election victor
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Nelson Chamisa is a Zimbabwean politician who is currently the President of a faction of the MDC-T and leader of the MDC Alliance. In August 2018 Chamisa lost the presidential election to Emmerson Mnangagwa after getting 44.3% of the vote, against Mnangagwa's 50.8%. Chamisa was... Read More About Nelson Chamisa
Thokozani Khupe is a Zimbabwean politician, cancer activist and the former Vice President of the Movement for Democratic Change. She challenged President Nelson Chamisa for the bid to succeed the late MDC-T founder Morgan Tsvangirai. Khupe reportedly said she will run for President in the... Read More About Thokozani Khupe
Morgan Tsvangirai was a Zimbabwean politician and leader of the Movement for Democratic Change party and Trade Unionist. He was Prime Minister of Zimbabwe during the Government of National Unity era from 2008 and 2013. Tsvangirai died on 14 February 2018 at a hospital in... Read More About Morgan Tsvangirai