Former MDC deputy president Elias Mudzuri has said the Party has no other option but to accept the Supreme Court’s ruling that Thokozani Khupe is the acting president pending an extraordinary congress.
Speaking during an interview with The Standard Acting News Editor Everson Mushava, Mudzuri asserted that the MDC, as a social democratic party, is bound by the rule of law and constitutionalism. He said:
I accept the ruling and as a party we have to face it for the purposes of uniting the party mainly because of various reasons amongst which are, first, as a social democratic party, we are bound by the rule of law, constitutionalism, democracy and respect for institutions.
We have no other option, but to accept the outcome of court processes.
Secondly, MDC is an institution that is respected and as the largest opposition political party poised to replace Zanu PF, we must respect our founding principles and values and also observe international best practices governing progressive democratic institutions.
Thirdly, the Supreme Court is the highest court in the land outside constitutional issues and has made a landmark ruling in a case pitting the party against an ordinary member seeking redress on what he believed had been a denial of his democratic right to elect a leader of his own choice.
As a grassroots-based party, we respect feedback on our decisions from the ordinary members.
Finally, I also acknowledge as pointed out in the judgement, that as a party, we did not get proper advice on certain constitutional processes that needed to be followed in choosing a successor to our late icon Dr Morgan Tsvangirai (may his soul rest in peace).
Mudzuri and Nelson Chamisa were appointed vice presidents by the late Morgan Tsvangirai in 2016, a move that alienated Khupe from the party.
Khupe had been voted the sole vice president at the party’s congress in 2014 and was vehemently opposed to the duo’s elevation and her stance was vindicated the Supreme Court ruling.