Interim MDC-T president Thokozani Khupe’s spokesperson Khalipani Phungeni said that the smaller MDC-T no longer exists following the Supreme Court ruling which ordered the party to hold an extraordinary congress to replace the late former president Morgan Tsvangirai who died in 2018.
Phungeni’s comments come after former MDC-T co-vice president Elias Mudzuri accused Khupe of clinging on to the leadership of the smaller MDC-T while also retaining control of the original MDC-T.
The original MDC-T split in 2018 soon after Tsvangirai’s demise, with Khupe leading the smaller faction which retained the party’s name.
Phungeni suggested that Mudzuri was bitter because he lost the deputy president post which he had acquired illegally. Said Phungeni:
You will appreciate that this man (Mudzuri) has been referring to some non-existent outfit supposedly led by the acting president, Dr Khupe.
We have correctly ignored him in the past because we sympathise with him.
Losing an illegally acquired position could not be easy for anyone, therefore the ‘fixation’ is understood.
Mudzuri was in 2016 appointed co-vice president, alongside Nelson Chamisa, of the then Morgan Tsvangirai led MDC-T, a position that was reversed in retrospect by the Supreme Court in March this year.