MDC-T vice-president Thokozani Khupe has upped the stakes in the battle to succeed Morgan Tsvangirai as leader of the opposition MDC-T after she claimed that acting president Nelson Chamisa used violence to seize power. She also said that Chamisa was just a glorified personal assistant to Tsvangirai because the party’s constitution did not allow Tsvangirai to appoint vice presidents. Speaking to Voice of America’s Studio 7 said:
For goodness me (sic), Chamisa was unconstitutionally elected as a Vice President and I want to put this record straight; when the President (Tsvangirai) appointed him, I was very clear to the President that I do not recognise him because there is no provision in the constitution which says ‘you can appoint a Vice President.
So as far as I am concerned, he (Chamisa) is your personal assistant. He doesn’t exist. But that same person is now coming back and trying to usurp powers using violence. I am not going to accept that!
I want to stop that notion of saying a Ndebele person cannot be a President, of saying a woman cannot be a President. I want to tell them this very minute that even though I am a Ndebele girl, even though I am a woman, I can be a President.
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