Chamisa outfoxes Mudzuri, Khupe

MDC-T acting president, Nelson Chamisa, has summoned the opposition party’s provincial and district executives for a meeting in Harare today, as he moves to consolidate his grip on power following a vicious campaign by his rivals Thokozani Khupe and Elias Mudzuri to discredit his appointment by the national council last week.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

The meeting follows the burial of party leader, Morgan Tsvangirai at his rural home in Buhera on Tuesday.

This comes as Khupe has also announced plans to call an MDC-T national council meeting to endorse her as the party’s bona fide acting president.

MDC-T is facing one of its biggest leadership contestations since formation, with Chamisa, Khupe and Mudzuri angling to take over from the late
opposition leader.

Although Chamisa appears to be the most popular among the trio, Khupe and Mudzuri have accused him of manipulating his way to the top.

Presidential spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka confirmed the meeting, but denied reports that Chamisa wanted to purge some provincial and district leaders opposed to his ascendancy.

“This is just a consultative meeting to hear the way forward. Because they are not an organ of the party, the president or acting president has the latitude to call them and discuss issues,” he said.

Some provincial leaders said they will bring several issues among them indiscipline, allocation of seats in the MDC Alliance, the current leadership crisis and the way forward.

Harare provincial chairman, Eric Murayi said he was looking forward to the meeting to discuss the party’s preparations for the upcoming elections.
“We want the party to move forward and people to unite,” he said.

However, sources within the party said the meeting was likely to be used to suspend top officials opposed to Chamisa, among them secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora and spokesperson, Obert Gutu.


“That decision (Chamisa’s elevation) is unlikely to be challenged and those saying things to the contrary are likely to face the wrath of the party like what happened to the former deputy treasurer, Elton Mangoma,” the source said.

But Mwonzora stood his ground yesterday, declaring he would not allow his detractors to push him around.

“Well I am not afraid of anyone in the MDC-T. I am not afraid of those people who will be hired to simply heckle other people and in fact, I will stand up to them. I hold my views, which are correct and the main issue is the interpretation of our constitution and I cannot cease to be a lawyer because it will offend anybody,” he said.

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30 Comments

  1. Kuyambuka Jorodani

    Let every fake Joshua with questionable leadership credentials be kindly warned that crossing a real mighty, wide and deep Jordan river that is heavily infested with real crocodiles, is not a mere feat. It does not require mere rhetoric but united Israelites, not a motley collection of power mongers and dastardly criminals who are resolved to cling unto power at any cost. May any aspiring Joshua be told that the book of the MDC T constitution should not depart from his or her mouth, but he or her should mediate upon the golden book and be wise to do according to the dictates of every statute therein.

    1. i concur with you brother, these jonoz are ignorant of the mdc constitution and they are fronting their prefered horse

  2. Kuyambuka Jorodani

    Let every fake Joshua with questionable leadership credentials be kindly warned that crossing a real mighty, wide and deep Jordan river that is heavily infested with real crocodiles, is no mere feat. It does not require mere rhetoric but united Israelites, not a motley collection of power mongers and dastardly criminals who are resolved to cling unto power at any cost. May any aspiring Joshua be told that the book of the MDC T constitution should not depart from his or her mouth, but he or her should mediate upon the golden book and be wise to do according to the dictates of every statute therein.

  3. kungopa madam Khupe nyanga haa game over NYIKA inoenda NEzanu come election time

    1. kkk taura hako..isu khupe takazomuziya nezuro
      if not chamisa ed
      hativhotere vakadzi

  4. that’s how dictatorships are born. chero zanu haiiti zvinhu zvakadai zviri pachena kudai.

    1. Zanu yakaita coup, unorarama munyika ipi

      1. so they are playing “monkey see, monkey do” and you’re loving every minute of it?

        a true democrat would have followed the etc and if the outcome was controversial and unpopular with the masses, they (the masses) would have forced him to abandon ship and start a people centred movement, the same way you they did with Morgan.

        Even Mawarire could have been the man. pressure was on him, locally and internationally, to start something – only for him to start taking selfies.

      2. kkkkkk wamupeda wena

  5. and you can’t refer to this as out-foxing. this is purely physically attacking with no art or intelligence applied.

    1. u are right wonder, these guys are learned bt vakapusa

  6. #2018 Chakachaya

    if khupe becomes president,ED has my vote.viva nelson

  7. @Wonderson , which world are you living Zanu PF yakatorera Mugabe chinhu with the help of the army vakapa ED , today Chwenga is a VP , so what are you talking about , wake up from the deep dream .

    1. so u decided to copy and paste.

  8. Go Chamisa go our Pressidet, dont worry about Mwonzora and Khupe they can not succed in tunishing the MDC image, now everyone knows that they are corwards.

  9. I do not support any of the contenders but urge the party to follow the dictates of its constitution and abide by whatever it says. Constitutionalism must be the anchor.

  10. Chamisa go to the congress hauna chekutya you are the Joshua who will deliver us to Canaan

  11. constitution, constitution, constitution, let’s just follow it zvirirege kutaudza izvi. kuvhunduka chati kwatara hunge une katururike. urikutyei Chamisa. who knows you will come out clean from the congress.

  12. i dont see khupe with presidential traits, not even a single bit….. sometimes in life, wether its orthodox or not, unofanirwa kusiira vanozvigona vaite. if khupe loves this country and MDC-T, she should back off

    1. constitution, constitution and constitution!!!

  13. Why is it that Khuphe is now coming to the party when all this time she was boycotting it until SAVE died.Which people is she dreaming of leading?Are you brave enough to try and lead people who do not want you?Do you want to be another Mugabe?I thought you had brains,you do not have.Your aim is to destroy as much as possible what is left of the MDC-T.People want unity you are against it.So what do you really waaaaaaant????

  14. There is a problem here,if khuphe wins for an argument sake its not her going to the election,who so ever wins represent mdc not private you idiots,he or she sholud ne governed by mdc constitution.mdc its not individuals but people so this notion of saying if khupe wins,she would be mince meat for zanu,lina maswina wake up man

    1. True Kwanele these Shona people are still tribalistic, if it was Dr Monalisa Shuga for say not Dr T Khupe or Dr Thandaza Tshuma, you would hear them saying, aaahhh Women rights, heee gender equality because the person belongs to a Shona Tribe, ITS HIGH TIME NDEBELES TAKE NOTE OF THIS, THE SOONER THEY DO THE BETTER.

  15. T anomboreveiko uyu?

    MDC T(T= Tribal?)

  16. Khupe& Mudzuri are good as VPs, if they dont lyk that, then its hy tym they shld wave us goodbye, among thoz 3 onli Chamisa has the credentials to win against a rebranded Zanu, so for th sake of majority preferences,let the popular horse rule the odds.

  17. CHAMISA USED WAT Z CALLED POLITICAL SHREWDNESS ASK TEKERE,NDABANINGI SITHOLE, NKOMO AND ALSO TSVANGIRAI WHY MUGABE RULED FOR 37 YEARS, THAT SHREWDNESS Z REQUIRED IN DA POLITICAL ART OF PLAYING DA GAME, WISE CHAMISA HE Z UNSTOPPABLE NOW, ASANTE SANA TO ME AND MUDZURI

  18. Barnabrian Chidziva

    Death or Resignation of Office Bearers Section 9. 20.1 In the event of the death or resignation of the President, the Deputy President assumes the role of Acting President, pending the holding of an Extra-Ordinary Congress that shall be held to elect a new President which Extra-Ordinary Congress to be held no later than a year from the death or resignation of the former President. 9.21.2 In the event of the death or resignation of the National Chairperson, the Secretary-General, the Treasurer General, the National Organisation Secretary the Chairpersons of the Women and Youth Assemblies, their deputies shall respectively hold office until the next Congress. 9.21.3 Subject to this Constitution, in the event of the death or resignation of any other member of the National Council, the same shall elect a person to fill that vacancy pending the next Congress. Powers of the National Council Section 16.1 The National Council, notwithstanding anything contained herein, shall have the absolute discretion of determining the manner and process of any selection including the power of making any appointment for any position. 16.2 Furthermore, the National Council shall in the interest of gender representation have the power of reserving any seats or positions for women. 16.3 The National Council shall have the power of directing that no primary shall be held in any Constituency for good reason. 16.4 The National Council may disqualify or reject any selected candidate where it is satisfied that it is not in the interests of the party for that candidate to stand as the party’s candidate in any election. 16.5 In the event of such a disqualification or rejection the National Council may call for another selection process and election or may itself choose the candidate by a 2/3 majority

  19. The way for Chamelion is to lead via a laid down constitution. Lets not keep on making the same mistake of 2005 that crippled this labour party. if we go for congress this super ambitious man will win out right, but why not follow the costitution? If Khuphe and Mudzuri are complaining listen to what they want done and address it. why enjoy chasing away our leaders?? why enjoy spliting this party? if this noise continues let me say this i will build a bridge to my enemies of 54 years, because in MDC, its more of jokes now. ZANU PF you may have my vote for the first time in my life. THANK YOU

  20. I will vote 4a leader because I have confidence in him – irrespective of the party he is from.

    The congress is a good thing, maybe. What matters is who the people want, to lead them and a large cross section is routing for Chamisa.

    To hell with the lawyering business at times people simply need to get of their high horses. Politics is not for the formal courts but the court of public opinion.

    So stop communicating through the papers / sit down and sort this thing.

  21. Mudzuri and Khupe if yu are wise enough stay cool kana muchifunga kuti vanhu ndevenyu kanganwai asi kana mada kuti mdc T irambe iri opposition for ever it’s fine

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