MDC-T 2014 national organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe has distanced himself from the political dynamics in the party saying the interim leader and chairperson, in that order, Thokozani Khupe and Morgen Komichi were responsible.
He made the revelations in his court affidavit after Khupe, Komichi and himself were taken to court by disgruntled party members – Gilbert Kagodora and Nason Mamuse – for hiding critical information regarding the congress.
Bhebhe said the applicants’ concerns were justified as the party leaders were not being faithful in their handling of congress details. He said:
I am not surprised, in light of the foregoing, that first and second applicants are before this honourable court. Second and third respondents (Khupe and Komichi) have failed, neglected, omitted or one way or the other have not been able to convene both the national executive and/or the national council meetings.
Bhebhe accused Khupe and Komichi of openly disregarding the MDC-T constitution and abusing the national standing committee by pushing through committee decisions that are under the purview of the national executive and/or the national council meeting.
Kagodora and Mamuse approached the courts after interim secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora had indicated that MDC Alliance legislators and councillors that were recently recalled by MDC-T were not eligible to contest at the congress despite being in the party’s 2014 structures.
MDC-T is expected to hold the Supreme Court sanctioned Extraordinary Congress in December to elect the successor to the party’s founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai who succumbed to cancer in 2018.