I’m the MDC-T leader: Khupe

THE leadership crisis in the MDC-T party has taken another twist, with deputy president, Thokozani Khupe (pictured), declaring herself the bona fide acting president of the opposition party, denouncing a national council resolution that endorsed Nelson Chamisa as the interim leader, as unconstitutional.

BY NQOBANI NDLOVU

“The purported meeting and subsequent resolutions that were made and announced to the public on February 15, 2018, barely 12 hours after the passing of president Morgan Tsvangirai, were, therefore, a non-event that only sought to make a mockery of the long established constitutional democratic values and ethos that govern our party,” she said in a statement on Wednesday.

“At our 2014 ordinary congress, which elected our late president, yours truly was the only delegate to be unanimously nominated and duly elected as the substantive deputy president of the party.

“It is by due operation of the constitution that I am the acting president, as we emerge from the loss of our leader to chart the way forward for our party. Nitty-gritties of the constitutional grounding of this position will be given due attention by the responsible organs of the party who will shed more clarity on it.”

Khupe cited article 9.20.1. of the MDC-T constitution, which states that in the event of the incapacitation or death of the president, the deputy president automatically assumes the role of president.

She said she was already consulting party organs with a view to urgently holding an extraordinary congress to choose a substantive MDC-T leader.
Chamisa was last week appointed interim MDC-T leader by the party’s national council, a day after party leader, Tsvangirai succumbed to colon cancer at a private South African Hospital.
The Kuwadzana East MP defended his appointment, saying it was meant to avoid a leadership vacuum, but his counterparts Khupe and Elias Mudzuri dismissed the move as fraudulent.

Tsvangirai was buried on Wednesday in Buhera, where Khupe, organising secretary, Abednico Bhebhe and secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora were allegedly assaulted by party youth believed to be aligned to Chamisa.

Chamisa has also revealed plans to embark on consultative meetings on the way forward.

Khupe said: “As the acting president, I am currently making consultations with the rest of the leadership in the party and we will be making a full statement on the way forward.

“This way forward will ordinarily include a roadmap to an extraordinary congress, as it is the only organ that can choose a substantive president for our party, and is the only route that will give an unadulterated mandate to that substantive leader given the background of constitutional violations, which placed numerous co-pilots into the cockpit of a jet that had taken off at the 2014 congress.”

The former Makokoba legislator also vowed to take stern action to uproot the culture of violence in the MDC-T, as a befitting honour to the late Tsvangirai.

“We will do this not only in honour of the memory of our fallen gallant president, but more importantly as a means of entrenching constitutionalism, non-violence, and democratic practice as our choice weapons for achieving the alternative developmental state, we have been selling to our electorate since our formation.

“These values will be part of the underlying bedrock from which the full campaign machinery of the party will soon be unveiled,” she said.

Mudzuri, the third MDC-T deputy president, has somewhat taken a back seat, as the battle for the party’s presidency rages on.

39 Comments

  1. ndazvishaya wo ini

    AMAI MUKARAMBA MUCHITAURA IZVI NDOZVISUNGIRIRA

    1. In Bulawayo Province Khupe Violeted constitution, by blocking constitutinal elected Cadres via National Council eg Swithern Chirodza,Prince Dube,Ralph Magunje,Felix Mafa th list is endless.Dont fill pit for Khupe let her test her madicine.

  2. kkkkk musiyei azviite President tione kuti anoadresa ani, kana benzi chairo haarioni

  3. if MDC is a democratic party as they claim, why cant they go to a congress and elect a new leader. if KHUPE has no support then she will eventually be thrown out. why resort to violence against someone you claim has no support in MDC. at the time of the death of MT Chamisa was the acting president why then the hurry to convene a meeting. IT seems the Chamisa camp pane chayaitya…

    1. AGREED – BUT GET RID OF ZANU CONSTITUTION IMMEDIATELY

    2. Congress is coming and mark my word, she wont win. She is not Shona. She is just being stubborn for nothing. We long warned her and her Bhebhes etc in 2005 when they were attacking Welshman Ncube, Gibson Sibanda, Paul Themba Nyathi and others. This is not South Africa where even a minority Venda can be President and everyone speaks everyone’s language with no problems – this is Zimbabwe. The sooner she gets that the better!

  4. Khupe, hande ku Congress

  5. KKKKK Madhamu Madhamu Khupe though l m not a member of MDCT you are said to have been boycotting meetings since September last year 2017 only to resurface with Tsvangirai’s body because yo constitution says you should be the Acting president? I hope yo were not praying very hard for his death. Is yo constitution silent about a member failing to atttend consective meetings? Kungobvunzawo hangu as a non interested person

    1. KKKKKK KKKK ITS YOUR VIEW MADAM…..ITS HARD FOR A COUNTRY WHICH GOT PEACE AFTER A BIG STRUGGLE KUTI ITONGWE NEMUKADZI….NOOOOO

  6. lets go for congress the people will speak. who wins will lead the party not jumping into the cockpit like what Chamisa did. Yes he has the support of the people but the constitution should be followed through party organs. We dont want half national council which is pro Chamisa. Remember its not about Chamisa ,Mudzuri or Khupe its MDC party and the people who want to vote. Chamisa you dont vote, Khupe you dont vote ,Mudzuri you dont vote even your national council does not vote . Unite the people than being power hungry chose the candidate by congress not by hock and crock.The candidate who wins will be the one to stand as Presidential candidate.

    1. Its nothing new to violate the party Constitution in the MDC-T. Chamisa is just following custom. I dont know what Khuphe is complaining about. When they supported Tswangirayi in 2005 against Welshman Ncube and others, in going against the majority vote of the NC over the Senate elections – was that democratic? Tswangirai did as he pleased with the Constitution, Thoko never raised a finger. She only started making noise only when she was directly affected, when Tswangirayi appointed Mudzuri and Chamisa as the other two deputies – this shows she is unprincipled, self absorbed and self centred – she is only after power. As long as the violation of the Constitution does not affect her, she looks the other way and pretends as if nothing has happened. Why complain now – whats the big deal? Leave Chamisa alone!

  7. It is very interesting why why why in the first place nomination of 2 vice Presidents when there was a substantive one. Is it that anyone from Matebeleland should not rule this country or what ??

  8. Not everyone loves the truth, especially those with a seed of violence, they should follow what their constitution states and who-ever wins takes the position, what’s wrong with that?

  9. true to some extend madam Khupe. Things should be constitutional in MDC so that we may differentiate MDC and ZANU PF. Otherwise Chamisa anozotinetsa ngaaiswe kuCongress.

  10. #2018 Chakachaya

    kkkkk hayaa EARLY CHRISTMAS FOR ZANU PF WEN KHUPE BECOMES PRESIDENT , PITTY HER SHAME, GREAT MOVEMENTS ARE NOT LED BY GREAT WRITERS, BUT GREAT SPEAKERS,

  11. Madam Khupe stop this media politics engage your partners , if we are to speak about the constitution its automatically disqualifies her because she was not attending meeting called by the then president Tsvangirai when he was still alive so lets not use the constitution to suit one side . If madam Khupe is serious with her story let her call foe a meeting and prove us wrong by the number of the national council members who will attend . I wonder these politicians don’t learn , politics is about numbers , Chamisa aenda nechinhu and ane vanhu paground madam Khupe you have journalists , go paground and prove Chamisa wrong .

    1. One cannot fault your reasoning but hey, do you think Chamisa will get the MDC to form the next government? I am neither for Khupe or Chamisa..rather I am for this Mudzuri guy. Don’t know why but we have seen his performance on the ground when he was Mayor of the capital..and of course Chamisa has lost all the elections he has contested like the current president of the country who had to wait for a small back-water constituency to be created for him..I say ‘Go for congress and put a stop to the nonsense obtaining currently in the hunt for leadership’

      1. Well Mudzuri has been MP for Warren Park for ages. I have neither seen him in the constituency nor have I heard him speak about Warren Park. He did not even hold a single rally to win, instead he sent campaign people with flyers. People voted for the party, not him.
        And you speak about him being considered for the presidency when he can’t even deal with issues of a constituency?

        1. i have also not seen chamisa in kuwadzana unless kana kune rally

  12. Constitution? what’s a constitution? it’s just a bunch of papers with ink sprayed all over them, which those who are interested in practicing are free to do so. it’s optional.

    1. ADOPT THE BRITISH CONSTITUTION NOW

  13. Chamisa muhofisi

    Nhai madam before Dr Tsvangirai’s death, makanga mava nenguva yakadii musina kusvika paHarvest House?. Ko kuSouth Africa maiitei nanaMujuru neG40. You expeled yourself 8 months ago. Tiitireiwo zvakanaka, Musakonzeresa kuti vamwe vanhu vazvisungirire. Chinomakwa nani Chamisa.

  14. madam Khupe stick to what you used to do.Addressing parral meetings with your fellow triabalists.MDC T is now a full member of the Allaince of which you never attended even a single meeting ,where do thing you can start from madam

  15. To honestly this country Zimbabwe it will never been ruled ne mukadzi ngangwe zvodini mai ava ngavadzikame ko MT pakaisa varume ava iye anga aripiko ko akadii kurambidza MT kuisa the two vices. Ini pachangu handi vhotere mukadzi pa president ko varume vapera here inga mu bible vani zvirimo zvakanyorwa vakadzi ivai pasi pavarume venyu .Ko kana ari VP ko seiko ai boycot ma meetings aiitwa hatidi kutambisirwa nguva isu ma chinja Chamisa you are capable ne chimuti bhora mberi chekumirira hapana kana iye Khupe ngabude tione kuti anoenda navangani MDC NDIZVO

  16. I am not shona but they say how can you ask whether a goat is male or female when its tail is up for everyone to see.

    Khupe os right and i have said this before according to the current constitution.if the president fies or incapacitated,its not the national council that decides but the deputy president is automatically gets to the acting position and should arrange for the extra ordinary congress to elect a new leader which is what she is doing.if the chamisas are not happy with that,its a chance that they raise this in the congress to be amended as they wish.

    Further more may be this mugabe boy(chamisa) being a lawyer who can not understand law its a pity. Further more ncube has cut a deal with chamisa to do the same thing that he left mdc for,not to follow the constitution,its embarrassing as he claims morgan told him that chamisa should take over,you can not take advantage of a dying man,he should have offered him at least free advise what the mdc contirution says because mdc is for the people not persons.

    Lastly khupe is not saying he scared of the people,just go to congress who ever wins leads the party

  17. Khupe you did not attend meetings with others , you dont the vision with others you just power hungry and think power will be given to you in a silver platter because of an event on donkey years ago.power is not for the weak as yo likes who depend on sympathy of journalists. even if you were to be the mdc president people cant trust you with their vote, you too weak. you cant give zanu pf a fight.you are just a product of mercy of tsvangirai but you have no leadership qualities. In this dispensation and time where we need drastic changes for ZImbabwe , we cant vote for Khupe or Mujuru.

  18. Tsvangirai wasn’t a fool akaisa Chamisa to be the 3rd Vice President, he surely wanted him to succeed him. if you listened very well paitaura vana vaTsvangirai vaitoti Chamisa is the rightful person ku succeeder mdara vavo.

  19. CHAMISA IS A ZANU PF THROUGH AND THROUGH, ITS VERY SAD THAT EVEN TSVANGIRAI WHO SEEMED TO BE AN ADVOCATE OF DEMOCRACY COULD NOT FOLLOW HIS OWN PARTY CONSTITUTION UNILATERAL APPONTING CHAMISA AND MUDZURI AND CREATING THIS DISASTER ,HE COULD NOT EVEN RESPECT HIS PARTY CONGRESS WHICH CHOOSE KHUPE AS THE DEPUTY PRESIDENT

  20. I have said this before and will say it again.i am not shona but the shonas say,how can you ask whether a goat is male or female when its tail is up for everyone to see.khupe is right,the mdc constitution is clear that when a president dies or incapacitated,the deputy president aitomatically takes over and calls an extra ordinary congress not the national council period.khupe is doing the right thing and surely if chamisa learned as is and popular as he claims shoild just go to congress and take over to gain respect.the funny thing is that he is advised and cut a deal with ncube who left mdc cause of mdc ot able to follow its own constitution asby him and comes up lying taking advantage of a dying man and says morgan told him that he wantschamisa.its not about persons but the constitution and hence its there to guide people diring these times.ncube and chamis are zanu projects,ncube did it before and split mdc and now is doing it again with this mugabe boy(chamisa)

  21. kkkkk ED is the rightful president of Zimbabwe…Keep on fighting for that chunk of bread rats, but you will never win kkkkkkk shaaame

  22. 101 you said it right amen to you bro

  23. Charlie you are right because chamisa/ncube are zanu and hence its a one sided affair and zanu this time will win without lifting a finger

  24. 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

  25. Viva Youth Viva Nelson

  26. khupe go to hell n may the devil rape u coz in a new zimbabwe we dont need trabalist like u n for the record l am ndebele

  27. You are wasting your time. Shonas will never allow for that; we long told you!!

  28. Comment…even Tsvangirai akataura pana maimujuru akati tinoti chimbo garai pasi mai timbo ita basa amai munenzvimbo yenyu

  29. Madam Khupe ndimi mune yese musanyeperwe……

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