MDC-T offers bribes for fake 2014 structures


The MDC-T led by Thokozani Khupe has been accused of offering bribes to members of the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance members in the Midlands and several other parts of the country to manufacture fake 2014 structures ahead of an expected extra-ordinary congress as recently ordered by the Supreme Court.

By Brenna Matendere

Khupe was given reigns to be interim president of the MDC by the Supreme Court in a judgment delivered by Justice Bharat Patel.

Her backers, led by former chairperson Morgen Komichi as well as Douglas Mwonzora, have maintained that the ruling meant she had taken over leadership of the Chamisa-led MDC Alliance.

But MDC Alliance vice-president Tendai Biti has denied such interpretation, saying the
MDC-T was a different party altogether with nothing to do with the Chamisa-led formation.

The Supreme Court judgment also ordered Khupe to convene “an extra-ordinary congress in three months to elect a substantive leadership of the MDC”.

In a bid to solidify support for Khupe at the intended extra-ordinary congress, sources told our sister paper The Standard that some MDC-T officials had been dangling US$100 bribes to MDC Alliance activists in the Midlands to produce fake 2014 structures list with real names of MDC people, but who may not have been position holders during that period.

Takavafira Zhou, the MDC Alliance’s Midlands provincial spokesperson, confirmed the development.

“It has come to the provincial leadership’s attention that the rebels are running mad and offering US$100 to anyone who can assist in the production of even fake 2014 MDC-T structures. We are aware of the current hardships, but want to encourage our genuine MDC Alliance members never to salivate at a poisoned carrot,” he said.

“Co-operating in supplying fake 2014 structures is just like kissing a rabid dog.”

Zhou said the party leadership learnt that the Khupe team was in Kwekwe on Sunday pursuing that mission.

“Some of our officials have informed us that rebel agents were in Kwekwe (on Sunday) and tried to hoodwink MDC Alliance members to provide fake 2014 structures without success. Let our CCC (constituency co-ordinating committee) be appraised that as a party, we have the 2014 structures,” Zhou said.

“We want to remind our lower structures that only the provincial organising department or other provincial members assigned by the organising department can request for the structures from our constituency co-ordinating committees (formerly districts). To be forewarned is to be forearmed. It is, however, prudent to report any attempt (and at whatever level) by rebels to extend feelers to MDC Alliance supporters.

“Vigilance demands that we must always be resilient every time and be ready to define, defend and nurture the democratic agenda under the leadership of the people’s president, Nelson Chamisa.”

Zhou also said that the MDC Midlands province had thrown its weight behind Chamisa.

“The three provincial wings in Midlands (men, women and youth) and 28 constituencies are solely behind the people’s president, Nelson Chamisa.

“Lest some people may forget, leadership in any political party is determined politically and not through the courts. President Nelson Chamisa is the undisputed leader of MDC Alliance and there are no two ways about this historical reality,” he said.

“Two political parties, MDC Alliance and MDC-T, went to elections as independent entities, making the court decisions not only warped, but also void.

“We wish Khupe her best in her machination, which is futile, as we will remain resolute resilient behind president Chamisa. The courts cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong; neither can they weaken the strong to strengthen the weak.”

Mwonzora yesterday denied sending teams to bribe people to get doctored 2014 structures.

“That is totally false. The list of 2014 structures is there already in our records. After lockdown, we will be verifying the actual existence of these people,” he said.

“No team was ever sent out as alleged. We are on lockdown, remember.”


  1. Comment…allow the congress to proceed and allow democracy to prosper if you’re truly democratic.No violence.You were denouncing Mugabe and ZANU pf,show them how it should be done.Allow the 2014 structures to choose the MDC president.I understand there are about 5000 delegates,this is a good representative.Those who afraid of democracy shift blame to ZANU pf, acknowledge your failures,you’re no longer children.private newspapers now report responsibly and accurately without favour as you are doing,that anyone who has a view contrary to chamisa is a ZANU pf agent when facts speak for themself that he grabbed power without following the party constitution which he was fully aware as a lawyer.No individual is greater than the party as you are doing,that without chamisa the party is dead,NO.that is your thinking.Some people used to think that without tsvangirai ,and he thoght that also for himself,there is no MDC,they were proven wrong in the elections.Some people also thought ZANU pf,without Rg Mugabe,the party was going to lose,NO,that theory and hypothesis was proven wrong in the elections.If Mugabe did not sway some votes to chamisa president mnangagwa was going to win resoundingly as ZANU pf did in the parliamentary election.Therefore ,those who propagate that chamisa is the best are wrong,if so why is he afraid of elections.This is the same approach that was being used by the former president,unless the MDC want to copy the same tactics and strategies he was using.I think probabably chamisa was coached on these tactics the way he is implementing them.Therefore there is nothing the MDC is fighting because the same policies they were fighting are the same they are doing and the private media is clapping hands for them.

  2. Sei makaoma musoro kudaro? MDCT and MDC Alliance are two SEPARATE entities as evidenced by the July 2018 elections. If you are confused, please do not try and spread your confusion to othter people!!

    • chokwadi ungapangidze kuzaziva kwako pachena pakadai ,mdc t was part of the mdc alliance vehicle that participated in 2018 elections .

  3. Lets face facts . MDC-A has a copmonent of MDC-T lead illegitimately by Chamisa . The rightful leader of that component is Thokozani Kuphe .This is why MDC-A is using MDC-T offices . If for sure MDC-A has nothing to do with MDC-T , then simply leave the MDC-T assets and see if Kuphe will talk to you or about you . MDC-A has an agreement that the MDC-T president is automatically the MDC-A president . MDC-A comprises of the seven parties . Biti’s party has its assets , Ncbe’ party has its assets etc.MDC-A should leave MDC-T to deal with their issue from the courts . Remember the court case was sent to the suprime court by Chamisa himself . If it had nothing to do with him , why then did he get involved .

  4. common sense , khupe went into the last Election under the banner MDC T , Chamisa under MDC alliance uyuwo Munangagwa under Zanu PF . all these parties were separate legal entities .Truth be told the recent supreme ruling was just bookish . The problem ine mapoliticians they behave at times sevanhu vasinga fungi and always try to capitalise neka very minor loophole . Vese variku joiner khupe , its a suicidal to their political carrier . we all know the composition of MDC alliance and what led to its formation , it was the same khupe ayida MDC T name, it was actually timed to derail the success of the people’s party . Kunyange nhasi chamisa akagadzira another party less than 5% of the supporters vanorega kumu supporter. Maybe the only question we should be asking ndewe property kuti inofambiswa sei kwete zve kuti MDC Alliance yava under Khupe thus ill interpretation of judgement. . Be guided accordingly .

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