There are reports suggesting that principals in the Movement for Democratic Change Tsvangirai (MDC-T) led by Thokozani Khupe are plotting to dislodge her from power and install the party’s chairperson, Morgen Komichi.
NewsDay was told by party insiders that the plan was to give Komichi the leadership position in the event that Khupe fails to convene the extraordinary congress as directed by the Supreme Court ruling on the MDC leadership crisis.
Khupe was ordered to convene the congress within three months after the ruling and lawyers in the party say the deadline is today 30 June. One anonymous lawyer said:
On Tuesday (today), the date is June 30. It will be 90 days after the Supreme Court ordered Khupe to convene an MDC-T EOC and she has failed to do so. Attempts to hide behind the Supreme Court practice direction will not hold. It is not applicable as it only affects time count to the court. This means court processes of matters still pending before the court and not those already decided.
The party’s Secretary-General, Douglas Mwonzora told a standing committee meeting two weeks ago that failure to convene an EOC within three months would expose the party to lawsuits which could be disastrous. He added:
The correct interpretation of the Supreme Court judgment means that the congress must be held by July 31. Any extensions outside the timelines given by the Supreme Court can expose us to unnecessary legal challenges.
Meanwhile, the party’s deputy spokesperson, Khalipani Phugeni is adamant that Kupe remained in charge and was
within the correct interpretation of the Supreme Court ruling because of the practice directive issued by Chief Justice
He recently said that the party’s lawyers initially understood the Chief Justice as directing the party “to hold an extraordinary congress in three months; he had given us a six-week extension.”
Phugeni added that efforts were underway to get clarity from CJ Malaba over the matter.