Chair­man’s ab­sence de­rails Khupe’s plot

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nduduzo Tshuma Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

MDC-T na­tional chair­man Mr Love­more Moyo has raised the ire of the party’s Bu­l­awayo pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive af­ter al­legedly scut­tling plans to hand over a com­mu­niqué de­nounc­ing the re­cent ap­point­ment of two ad­di­tional vice pres­i­dents. The Bu­l­awayo ex­ec­u­tive, with strong links to vice pres­i­dent Ms Thokozani Khupe, ac­cord­ing to sources, planned to hand over the com­mu­niqué to Mr Moyo dur­ing the meet­ing of the na­tional coun­cil and na­tional ex­ec­u­tive in Harare on Wed­nes­day. The meet­ings en­dorsed the ap­point­ment of Mr Nel­son Chamisa and En­gi­neer Elias Mudzuri as ad­di­tional vice pres­i­dents. Be­fore the meet­ing, the ap­point­ments had been strongly op­posed by Ms Khupe and mem­bers of her fac­tion re­sult­ing in a stand­off with MDC-T leader Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai at the party’s na­tional coun­cil meet­ing last week.

Ac­cord­ing to party in­sid­ers, Mr Moyo did not at­tend the meet­ing and in the process scut­tled the en­tire plan to hand over the com­mu­niqué.

“The Khupe fac­tion is not happy with Moyo. It was planned that he would re­ceive the com­mu­niqué protest­ing the ap­point­ments and hand it over to the pres­i­dent. How­ever, Moyo at the last minute said he could not make it to the meet­ing,” said an MDC-T insider.

“The ab­sence of Moyo dis­turbed every­thing and the Bu­l­awayo ex­ec­u­tive re­turned with the com­mu­niqué with­out hand­ing it over.”

In the stand off be­tween Ms Khupe and Mr Ts­van­gi­rai last week, Mr Moyo re­port­edly sided with the vice pres­i­dent ar­gu­ing that the ap­point­ments were il­le­gal.

“This led the Khupe fac­tion into be­liev­ing that Mr Moyo was sym­pa­thetic to their cause but they were wrong. It turned out that Moyo was not to­tally against the ap­point­ments but had is­sues with some pro­cesses he felt had been skipped lead­ing to the ap­point­ments,” said the source.

“The Khupe fac­tion then put their hopes on Moyo re­ceiv­ing the com­mu­niqué and hand­ing it to the pre­sid­ium but that was not to be as he did not at­tend the meet­ing. Af­ter re­al­is­ing that Moyo was no longer com­ing, the Bu­l­awayo ex­ec­u­tive then aban­doned their plan.”

It was re­vealed that in the com­mu­niqué, the Bu­l­awayo prov­ince ac­cused Mr Ts­van­gi­rai of among other things, re­gion­al­ism and mak­ing at­tempts to weaken Ms Khupe within the party.

“In the com­mu­niqué, it was writ­ten that Mr Ts­van­gi­rai’s ap­point­ment of the two VPs was to weaken Khupe and that there were tribal un­der­tones to the way the ap­point­ments were done,’ said the source.

MDC-T Bu­l­awayo pro­vin­cial chair­per­son Mr Gift Banda dis­missed the reports say­ing: “That is very far away from the truth. We had a po­si­tion as a prov­ince that we pre­sented and de­bated but as per the dic­tates of democ­racy, the ma­jor­ity voice ruled.

“We never had a com­mu­niqué and be­sides if we had the com­mu­niqué, the vice chair­per­son was there, it would have had the same im­pact. The claims of a com­mu­niqué are there­fore not true.”

Ef­forts to get a com­ment from Mr Moyo were fruit­less. — Twit­ter:@ tshuma584

Ms Thokozani Khupe

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