MDC-T youths plan anti-Khupe demon­stra­tion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nduduzo Tshuma

KNIVES are out for MDC-T vice pres­i­dent Thokozani Khupe with some party youths re­port­edly plan­ning to stage a demon­stra­tion against her when she re­ports to the party’s Har­vest House of­fices in Harare.

The youths are said to be also tar­get­ing the party’s na­tional or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary Mr Abed­ni­cho Bhebhe, sec­re­tary gen­eral Mr Dou­glas Mwon­zora and spokesper­son Mr Obert Gutu whom they ac­cuse of op­pos­ing the ap­point­ment of two ad­di­tional vice presidents.

MDC-T leader Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai two weeks ago ap­pointed Mr Nel­son Chamisa and En­gi­neer Elias Mudzuri to join Ms Khupe as the three party’s vice presidents in a de­vel­op­ment set to erode her pow­ers and in­flu­ence in the party.

Mr Ts­van­gi­rai said the ap­point­ments had been sec­onded by the party’s na­tional coun­cil. The four of­fi­cials did not at­tend the meet­ing.

How­ever, the plot against the four thick­ened af­ter a law­suit against Ts­van­gi­rai by some party mem­bers last week chal­leng­ing the ap­point­ments.

Mr Gutu down­played the is­sue yes­ter­day say­ing, “The is­sue of the ap­point­ment of the two VPs is now wa­ter un­der the bridge.”

He said the party was united un­der Mr Ts­van­gi­rai with a big­ger picture of “dis­lodg­ing” Zanu PF.

“The MDC is a very dis­ci­plined and demo­cratic po­lit­i­cal party. We ab­hor and con­demn all forms of vi­o­lence. The re­ports of planned demon­stra­tions against some party lead­ers are a com­plete base­less fab­ri­ca­tion,” said Mr Gutu.

“Th­ese re­ports have to be dis­missed with the con­tempt that they rightly de­serve.”

Mr Bhebhe on the other hand said of the planned demo against them, “I’m not aware. If ever there is such, then that is mad­ness. That’s all I can say.”

How­ever, in­sid­ers said a clique within the party met in Harare last Fri­day where it was agreed that a demon­stra­tion be staged against the four.

“There is a be­lief in the party that the Khupe fac­tion spon­sored the law­suit against the Pres­i­dent chal­leng­ing the ap­point­ment of Chamisa and Mudzuri hence the planned demon­stra­tions.

“It was agreed that if the four are op­posed to Ts­van­gi­rai then they are en­e­mies of the party,” said the sources.

“Demon­stra­tions will be held against Khupe and the three oth­ers when they come to Har­vest House. Ef­forts will be made to block them from en­ter­ing the party head­quar­ters.”

Mean­while, in yet another sign of deep seated di­vi­sions, Mr Chamisa was in Bu­l­awayo at the week­end where he re­port­edly held meet­ings with a num­ber of peo­ple in­clud­ing of­fi­cials but ig­nored the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive.

The Bu­l­awayo pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive linked to Ms Khupe.

“Many learnt through Chamisa’s Face­book post that he was in Bu­l­awayo meet­ing with some peo­ple.

“The pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive was not aware of his visit. We heard that af­ter Bu­l­awayo, Chamisa also vis­ited Mid­lands prov­ince where he also had some meet­ings,” said the source. is

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