Khupe, allies defy court order

EMBATTLED MDC-T deputy president, Thokozani Khupe and her allies face imminent arrest after they allegedly defied a recent High Court order, barring them from occupying the party’s Bulawayo provincial offices.

BY SILAS NKALA/NQOBaNI NDLOVU

The provisional order, granted by Justice Maxwell Takuva, came after MDC-T Bulawayo chairman, Gift Banda, accused Khupe and her team of disturbing provincial party programmes by illegally occupying the offices.

Khupe grabbed the party’s Bulawayo offices on March 4, as she challenged Nelson Chamisa’s recent nomination as substantive party leader.

Following the court order, Khupe’s personal assistant, Witness Dube issued a statement saying the party offices were accessible to all party members regardless of the differences.

The statement which was written on an MDC-T letterhead and originated from Khupe’s office read: “May I also clarify that the purported eviction of MDC-T acting president from the Bulawayo provincial offices through a High Court ‘spoliation order’ is grossly misleading piece of information. Dr Khupe’s opposing affidavit to that was sought by Bulawayo provincial chairperson (Banda) was expressly for challenging the false allegations which Banda has stated in his founding affidavit.

“MDC-T Bulawayo office was and must always remain accessible to all members of the party regardless of differences in points of view and opinion.”

Part of the court order read: “It be and is, hereby, declared that the actions of the respondents in depriving the applicant and all those claiming through their peaceful and undisturbed occupation of no 41A Fort Street Bulawayo by forcibly taking over occupation, possession and control of the aforesaid premises are unlawful.

“It be and is, hereby, declared and ordered that respondents and their agents shall not in any way disturb applicant and those claiming through his occupation and control of the aforesaid premises. That respondents shall pay the costs of suit on a legal practitioner client scale in their personal capacities jointly and severally the one paying the others to be absolved.”

Takuva said pending the finalisation of the case, the applicant is granted the relief that the Sheriff of the High Court of Zimbabwe or his lawful deputy or assistant in Bulawayo is, hereby, directed to take all such steps and measures as are legally necessary to evict Khupe and her allies from the offices,… and restore the applicant and others into peaceful occupation of the property.

“Respondents and or their agents and anyone claiming through them be and are, hereby, prohibited from interfering with and or disrupting any meetings, programmes and activities of the applicant and from vandalising any property of the MDC-T,” Takuva ruled.

“In the event of the respondents or their agents … failing, neglecting or refusing to comply with the order, the member in charge Bulawayo Central Police Station or any of his details or any police or peace officer in Zimbabwe be and is hereby directed to arrest and detain the respondents and any such or person as may be aiding the respondents and take them to court of contempt jurisdiction on charges of contempt of court or any such competent charges for prosecution according to the law.”
Yesterday, Khupe’s allies Abednico Bhebhe (organising secretary) and suspended party spokesperson Obert Gutu issued conflicting statements on the way forward following their fallout with party leader Nelson Chamisa.

Addressing a rally in Bulawayo which was attended by about 600 people, Bhebhe spoke in a conciliatory tone, while Gutu maintained the MDC-T had all but split over the leadership dispute.

“We do not want to have a Zanu PF habit of beating and killing each other whenever there is a dispute and this is why we are saying if we do not follow the constitution, we risk being another version of Zanu PF,” Gutu said.

“We are drawing the line in the sand to say we are not going to be forced to associate with characters that are violent.”

Bhebhe, in his address, admitted all was not well in the party, saying the differences can only be solved if feuding parties adhere to the party’s constitution.
“If you see name-calling, people describing others as dissidents, you then get to appreciate that all is not well in the party. The fact that we are meeting here, and others in Gweru is all, but a clear sign that all is not well in the party,” Bhebhe said.

“I want to say if we are to work together, it is important that we put democracy and constitutionalism first. There is a problem in the party if we are to have people beating each other over differing views.”

The Khupe rally ran concurrently with Chamisa’s MDC Alliance rally in Gweru.

Chamisa last week told party supporters during a rally in Dete, Matabeleland North, he was engaging Khupe to find closure to the leadership dispute, but reportedly told party supporters during an MDC Alliance rally in Kwekwe on Saturday that he was fast-losing patience with Khupe, insinuating that she might be expelled soon.

8 Comments

  1. Abednico Bhebhe doing what he knows best, misleading mama Khupe. I remember he once broke ranks with MDC -T in 2005 and went away with Welshman Ncube, He later broke ranks again wth Ncube and rejoined mdc t, now he is misleading mama khupe again to break ranks with others, this guy is very dangerous and no longer respect him. he is not a unifier but is gud at destruction. why always talking about the dissident issue at their meetings, meaning he wants to psyche up the people on tribal lines. if that crowd is wht people are calling the matebeleland vote, then i doubt khupe credentials, at my wedding I had more people than wht these guys managed on sunday

  2. Nharo dzakadai dzakashata. How can those who perceive themselves as pro-constitutionalism and peace be arrogant to the extent of defying court orders. this clearely shows now who have been behind the previous violence witnessed in both Buhera and Bulawayo part offices. Good move Banda for allowing the law to take its course. Those who believe in violence have now been exposed as they have gone a step higher by defying a clear court order.

  3. these people are just nuts, crazy why can’t they be realistic and put their emotions aside and join their cdes instead of thinking Matebeleland is equals to Zim

  4. zimbabwe is one,one flag,long live zimbabwe.we need nationalist not regionalist

  5. The seven days grace period for Kuphe to be relieved of her MDC (T) party membership is up. I am the most surprised by the dithering of the party leadership in showing her the door. Please kick out the numbskull. Her support is insignificant after all. We have Welshman as the face of Matabeleland.

  6. currently MDC has no president, so nobody has the right to take control of any assets over other members

    just go for the damn congress u idiots

  7. Tribalism has no place in Zim. Chamisa is the candidate for the people.

  8. Matebele Warrior- Chamisa is our leader

    And those who are still stuck on war credentials as the basis of leading this country are now out of place , lost and bound to find themselves lingering in undefined routes of the unknown.
    Generational consensus is now driving us the young and we will not let our new leader down.
    lets all wake up and support where there is hope than supporting those who think we are fools and those who think getting to power by back door and through a coup is the best way to lead.
    For everyone’s information for a country to be led by these coup boys its actually a mockery to us , come elections lets wipe these coup boys out.

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