Opposition MDC-T’s national council (NC), in a virtual meeting held Sunday, resolved to summon all 2014 structures to Harare to verify the party’s voters roll.
This comes at the backdrop of reports which say the interim secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora, allegedly attempted to use a manipulated roll at the Supreme Court-sanctioned extraordinary congress to be held at the weekend.
Gross irregularities in the voters roll forced the party to postpone the congress which was pencilled for Saturday the 19th of December. A source told NewsDay:
The party has summoned its 2014 provincial structures to inspect the voters roll. Team Dougie suffered a blow. Mwonzora had presented a roll staffed with his allies who were not members of the 2014 structures, as ordered by the Supreme Court in March this year.
It was ordered that Simon Hove, Mwonzora’s ally who was masquerading as Harare provincial chairman, reverts to his position as treasurer in Hatfield district. He replaced the late Thomas Muzuva, who held the post. Hove was working with Mashonaland East provincial chairman Piniel Denga and Lloyd Damba, from Chitungwiza, to drive the process of filling gaps left in the structures with Mwonzora’s supporters before the party stopped them. Mwonzora’s team protested over Khupe’s gap-filling which brought in her backers, treasurer-general Chief Ndlovu and spokesperson Khaliphani Phugeni. Khupe referred to a part of the constitution that empowers her as party leader to appoint members to key posts to avoid a void.
While Mwonzora and the party’s acting spokesperson Tapiwa Mashakada could not be reached for comment, Khupe confirmed the development in a statement she released Sunday.
She said there it was impossible to have held the congress with a disputed voters roll “which was going to produce a disputed outcome with the potential of leading the party to endless litigation, divisions and disunity.”
She said they expect to have a free, fair and credible election where all candidates and voters will be satisfied.