Addressing supporters in Bulawayo today, MDC-T Vice President Thokozani Khupe declared herself and her allies which include Abednico Bhebhe and Lovemore Moyo as the real MDC.
Khupe has been embroiled in a bitter race with Nelson Chamisa to succeed the late Morgan Tsvangirai as the leader of the opposition party. Khupe who is also against the MDC Alliance has said that her faction will pursue a coalition of its own. Said Khupe:
In this respect, therefore, we shall also pursue the formation of a holistic, viable and broad – based grand coalition of all progressive and democratic political forces that will face Zanu PF in the forthcoming harmonised elections. We shall always remain open to any forms of collaboration that are aimed at establishing a truly democratic and stable nation state in Zimbabwe.
Today, we boldly declare that we are the MDC and always shall remain the MDC that believes in not only respecting but also strictly upholding the party constitution as well as the party’s founding values, principles, character and culture. Going forward, we hereby immediately dissociate ourselves from any members of the MDC who are resorting to the use of wanton violence, intimidation and thuggery as tools for political mobilisation. Additionally, we also unreservedly and unashamedly declare that we are not going to be part of any political formation that doesn’t abide by the dictates of the MDC constitution.