Khupe, Moyo rift ‘fiction’

MDC-T national spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora yesterday dismissed as fictitious claims of a fallout between party deputy president Thokozani Khupe and Bulawayo provincial chairperson Gorden Moyo.

NDUDUZO TSHUMA

Mwonzora said MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai had not been prompted to visit the city by the alleged rift between the two, saying his weekend trip was aimed at getting in touch with the grassroots.

“Is there such a rift? That is not true. There is no rift between our Bulawayo provincial chairperson and vice-president,” Mwonzora said. “It’s just imaginations within some quarters of the media.

“The president is coming to get in touch with the party’s grassroots and to that effect will address a rally on Saturday.”

Khupe yesterday declined to comment on the reported rift with Moyo saying: “Can you call the people who told you? Go to the people who told you.”

Efforts to get a comment from Moyo were fruitless as his mobile phone was not reachable.

According to weekend reports, Moyo and Khupe allegedly fell out when the Makokoba MP reportedly courted the former Deputy Prime Minister’s political foe, Mzilikazi Senator Matson Hlalo.

Khupe vacated the Makokoba seat in the run-up to last year’s general elections paving the way for Moyo to contest.

She still got a place in the National Assembly courtesy of the newly-introduced women’s quota.

But an MDC-T insider yesterday said reports of a rift between Khupe and Moyo were correct.

“The reports are true. Moyo and Khupe are no longer allies,” said the official.

“They have been separated by the ongoing calls for leadership renewal by the likes of (suspended deputy treasurer-general) Elton Mangoma. What has unsettled Khupe is that if the renewal succeeds, Moyo might be elevated to the party’s vice-presidency.”

The MDC-T has over the past few weeks been rough sailing after Mangoma called for Tsvangirai to step down to “save” the party.

Mangoma was last month assaulted by party youths loyal to Tsvangirai for making the calls.

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9 Comments

  1. As a spokesman things are not well between Khupe and Moyo.Mwonzora as a national spokesman wht can he know since he is in Harare

    1. Does Khupe live in Byo?

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  2. Granted, the press might be milking the MDC rift to death but here is one tiff many would really like to see. You see Khupe is a performer of known record while Gorden Moyo is only good for covering his tracks..and like former American president, Jefferson (face of the USD 100 dollar bill in your hand) said, “A man who is good with excuses is seldom good for anything else”. Here is a guy who presided over the rot in parastatals he was content to keep it to himself only to make the most news when others have revealed the rot..More like, mucheka dzafa! MDC would do a lot better for itself if steamrolled over this pretender Moyo guy!

  3. Problem with Khupe is tribalism

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    The unholy alliance of Khupe and Gift Banda must be investigated . She has caterpalted this rogue to Deputy Mayor . This sure has become a rogue party .

    Morgan if Tendai leaves , this time you will be left alone with your uneducated friends . Khupe a dog handler at NRZ to prime minister . Mashura .

    Vana Gift Banda mbavha , to a mayor …..

    Go hang ZANU will rule with or without you .

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  7. Mr CDF think you coward talk sense she represents the 15% of the Zim population ingaphi i tribalism khonapha have you ever heard that Munangaguwa is in Byo or that Mujuru said any thing about Byo talk about your leaders who are oppressing Mat.

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