MDC-T interim leader Thokozani Khupe has been accused by her rivals of trying to manipulate the results of the Bulawayo province Extra-Ordinary Congress nomination process held over the weekend, in her of favour.
The MDC-T Bulawayo provincial council structures held a provincial congress ahead of next month’s Extra-Ordinary Congress ordered by the Supreme Court in March but the process was abandoned after it emerged that there were more ballots cast than the number of accredited delegates.
Polling agents representing acting organising secretary, Abednico Bhebhe; Elias Mudzuri; secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora and the party chairperson Morgan Komichi, who are all vying for presidency alongside Khupe, walked out of the polling centre after they discovered the anomaly. A delegate who refused to be named said:
All the four candidates’ agents walked out of the polling centre after realising that the votes cast were more than the official delegates. Only Khupe’s agents remained inside.
When the presiding officers discovered that Bhebhe was leading the nomination, the counting was stopped.
The delegate said besides the 2014 voters roll, there was another one created to replace eligible delegates who were either expelled from the party and those who were not present at the meeting, something which he considered irregular.
Another delegate claimed that one of the presiding officers was Angliston Sibanda, a known Zanu PF apologist and some genuine delegates were barred from entering the meeting by the presiding officers.