The opposition Movement for Democratic Change Tsvangirai (MDC-T) which is currently being led by Thokozani Khupe has announced that the extraordinary congress to elect a successor to the late founding party leader, Morgan Tsvangirai will be held in September.
The party had initially set July 31st as the day for the Congress which had been directed by the 30 March Supreme Court ruling on the party’s leadership crisis but postponed the congress citing the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The new dates were announced by the party’s deputy national spokesperson Khaliphani Phugeni who said:
You will be happy to know that we have come up with a date for our extraordinary congress . . . the date is from the 4th to the 6th of September.
There are a few things I want you to note about this is that the extraordinary congress is falling within the period given by the Supreme Court. After the Supreme Court judgment, the Chief Justice issued a practice directive which suspended implementation of the judgement for about six weeks.
He added that the dates will still be within the three months directed by the court since counting started after the six weeks.
The judgment directed Khupe to convene an extraordinary congress within three months after the ruling, failure for any reason, party interim chairman Morgen Komichi would be required to call the extraordinary congress within four months of the judgment.