MDC-T co-vice president Thokozani Khupe issued a statement insisting that she is the party’s legitimate acting president as provided for by the party’s constitution.
Khupe challenged her colleague Nelson Chamisa who was appointed acting president by the party’s national council. In the statement she argues that the party’s constitution does not have provisions for additional deputy presidents. She also argues that the constitution only applies to elected individuals like her not Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri who were hand-picked by Mr Tsvangirai. Said Khupe:
Following the tragic passing on and the burial of our dear leader president Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai, it is important that the party returns to normalcy. This can only be done if the party goes back to its constitution.
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It is clear from reading of clause 18.104.22.168 that among other office bearers, the deputy presidents are members of the Standing Committee. However, they have to be elected by congress.
Clause 9.2 makes provision for the duties of the deputy president. It does not make provisions for the duties of the additional deputy presidents.
The deputy president in clause 9.2 can only be the deputy president elected by congress. Clause 9.21.1 provides that in the event of the death of the president, the deputy president assumes the role of the acting president pending the holding of the extraordinary congress within a year.
he deputy president is the deputy president provided for in clause 9.2 that is to say the one elected by congress.
There is therefore no role of the national council to elect an acting president because this is already provided for in the constitution. To that end I am the acting president of the MDC-T as provided for in both clauses 9.2 and clause 9.21.1 of the constitution.