MDC-T acting president Thokozani Khupe has been accused of employing undemocratic tactics adopted by ZANU PF in silencing internal dissenting voices.
Bulawayo-based human rights activist and political analyst, Mbuso Fuzwayo made the accusation following the expulsion of the party’s organising secretary, Abednico Bhebhe by the MDC-T national council last Saturday. Said Fuzwayo:
It is unfortunate that those who claim to be democrats and constitutionalists can be found to be using ZANU PF tactics of silencing opponents through suspensions or expulsions. How was he allowed to contest and how do you expel a competitor if you are a democrat?
These guys are clearly copying the Zanu PF script that if you are losing in internal elections, you use the army like what happened in 2017. This is exactly what these guys have done.
If they were really democrats, voters were supposed to have rejected Bhebhe, not those whom he is competing with. That is a gross abuse of positions.
Bhebhe was expelled after he accused Khupe and the national chairperson Morgen Komichi of wiping out $7 million in party funds.
Last weekend the MDC-T abandoned the Bulawayo province’s extraordinary nomination process citing massive electoral fraud by Khupe.
Bhebhe has accrued more presidential votes when the process was abandoned.