Thokozani Khupe has broken ranks with the grouping led by Nelson Chamisa.
Khupe has been embroiled in a succession battle with Chamisa since the death of the party’s founding president, Morgan Tsvangirai. Even through MDC-T’s national council and national executive confirmed Chamisa as the party’s acting president Khupe insists that constitutionally she is the party’s leader. Addressing supporters in Bulawayo on Sunday, Khupe said her faction was breaking away from the Chamisa-led group, but would use the opposition party’s name. She said only an extraordinary congress will resolve the leadership issue. Said Khupe:
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.
In an interview with The Chronicle Obert Gutu said their faction was going to join the Joice Mujuru led People’s Rainbow Coalition. Said Gutu:
Absolutely, the acting president was very clear, very unequivocal. She said that we are going to form a broad-based coalition with other democratic forces, it’s a clear sign we are not going to be a one-party band or a one-woman, one-man band.