MDC-T’s former organising secretary, Abednico Bhebhe has suffered a huge setback in his bid to stop the party’s interim leadership from holding the Supreme Court-sanctioned Extraoridanry congress.
This comes after the Bulawayo High Court postponed the hearing of his urgent chamber application to next week when the congress is scheduled for this weekend.
Bhebhe who was recently expelled from the party for allegedly dining with the rival MDC Alliance is aspiring to be the heir to the late party founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Christopher Dube Banda postponed the matter to next week after the respondents’ lawyer, Tawanda Tawengwa argued that the respondents could not prepare their opposing papers because they were served with the applicant‘s court papers late on Tuesday.
The former Nkayi South legislator cited interim party president, Thokozani Khupe as the first respondent, while the party chairperson Morgen Komichi and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T), in that order were cited as second and third respondents.
Meanwhile, Bhebhe’s lawyer Nqobani Sithole however, said they had “plan B” but could not divulge the details of the said plan B. Sithole said:
We have taken into cognisance that by the time all these will happen, the congress would have taken place and our client is confident that there is a plan B. We have discussed this option at large and we will spring a suprise.
If he manages to contest for the presidency, he will be in the race together with Khupe, Komichi, Elias Mudzuri and reinstated party secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora.
The departure of Morgan Tsvangirai left a power vacuum in the biggest opposition party in the country and has seen Khupe and Nelson Chamisa of MDC Alliance wrangling for the party leadership.
The leadership crisis spilt into the courts with the Supreme Court this March ordering the MDC to hold an elective Extraordinary congress.