Gutu tipped to deputise Khupe

EXPELLED MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu has reportedly been tipped to take over as deputy president of the opposition party’s offshoot faction led by Thokozani Khupe.
Khupe broke away from the MDC-T led by Nelson Chamisa after accusing the latter of manipulating the party’s national council to appoint him substantive leader following the death of party founder Morgan Tsvangirai in February this year.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Sources said Gutu was the frontrunner for the vice-president’s post.

“Gutu’s name is featuring prominently. Khupe will have one deputy and the position of national chairman will likely go to ex-organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe.

“The other position like national chairperson and organising secretary will almost likely go to women candidates,” a source said.

“There was a meeting at a local hotel [Harare] of some senior people aligned to Khupe where a list was supposed to be produced but this is still very secretive. A meeting is now set to be held in Bulawayo where the top leadership list will be finalised.”

But, Gutu laughed off the suggestion when contacted for comment yesterday.

“What I know is we will have only one vice-president. Zimbabwe is a small country that does not need two deputy presidents. Bigger economies like South Africa and Nigeria only have one and there is no need for us to have two. However I don’t know where you are getting your information. I have received an invite from an Ivy League university to do my PhD, I actually accepted that,” he said.

Khupe’s spokesperson, Witness Dube, also confirmed the party will only have one deputy president.

“Khupe will have no appointing powers and her face will not be part of our logo. She will have one deputy president if confirmed as substantive president of our party. You will get a list of nominations just before congress begins,” he said.

Chamisa skillfully negotiated his way through the political minefield to leave his rivals and co-vice president Elias Mudzuri shell-shocked. Mudzuri has since recognised Chamisa as party leader while Khupe has steadfastly stood her ground, leading to a national council resolution to expel her along with close associates Gutu and former organising secretary Bhebhe.

Khupe postponed her party’s extraordinary congress last week after Chamisa and his party rolled into Bulawayo for an MDC Alliance campaign rally.

The former deputy Prime Minister claimed she had taken the decision to protect her supporters “from violence”.

Bhebhe was not immediately available for comment.

9 Comments

  1. I’ve admired Gutu standing up to Chamisa’s flouting of the MDC-T constitution, but this talk of a university inviting him to do a PhD shows he’s another dodgy-dodgy character. Universities don’t just invite prospective candidates willy-nilly but expect them to apply for admission, after making contact with potential supervisors based on a specific research area.

  2. I THINK HE IS AN ACADEMIC NOT A POLITICIAN.WHY KHUPE IS DOING ALL HER THINGS FROM BULAWAYO,HER RALLIES,PRESS BRIEFINGS AND CONGRESS.I AM SMELLING A RAT.IS SHE WANT TO BE A MATEBELELAND PRESIDENT.WE WANT A ZIM PRESIDENT

    1. So you are one of those who believe Bulawayo is not part of Zimbabwe, but the capital of some separate State? if you want to be seen as Zimbabwean, everything you do must be based in Harare? What a simpleton. What would you say if she chose to do everything from Masvingo or Gweru for instance? Stupid!

  3. Comment… Deda ma Khuphe sefikile u Chamisa,xola ntombi yase siNdebeleni asilwi nawe sifuna ukususa isitha esiyi zanu pf yikho sifuna umuntu wesilisa hayi owesifazane ngeke sikulahle mkhaya ungowakithi,Go chamisa go!

  4. Comment… Deda ma Khuphe sefikile u Chamisa,xola ntombi yase siNdebeleni asilwi nawe sifuna ukususa isitha esiyi zanu pf yikho sifuna umuntu wesilisa hayi owesifazane ngeke sikulahle mkhaya ungowakithi,Go chamisa go!

  5. gutu dofo radzidza hamuna vanhu uye vanhu havasi madofo sewe nakhupenga kwaroooo

  6. how can he deputize a dead party this shows how shallow this guy is

  7. Wow…. So Khupe’s offshoot faction has not had its extraordinary congress and yet they are already boldly claiming that she will have one deputy president. If the extraordinary congress is about electing leadership of their doomed party, why making it sound like Khupe has already been elected? What a bunch of educated but politically foolish individuals!!!

    1. kkkkkkk iwe ndiwe wapedza manje iwe…nothing more to add

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