Khupe snubs MDC meeting again

HARARE - MDC vice president Thokozani Khupe risks being hauled before the party’s disciplinary committee after snubbing another party meeting this week.

Khupe missed last week’s national standing committee (NSC) meeting at the party’s headquarters in Harare and was nowhere to be seen again when NSC met at the same venue on Wednesday.

The development comes as rifts are getting wider within the MDC over Morgan Tsvangirai’s succession.

Tsvangirai is currently in South Africa for his routine check-up after he was diagnosed with cancer of the colon in 2016.

Due to ill-health, he has been in and out of the country on several occasions.

Observers say this has created a power vacuum in the MDC which operates a structure with three deputy presidents namely Khupe, Elias Mudzuri and Nelson Chamisa.

Despite being the most senior, Khupe feels sidelined by her boss who recently appointed Mudzuri as the acting MDC president, while Chamisa was assigned to represent the party at the MDC Alliance — a coalition of seven opposition parties.

This awkward arrangement appears to be the reason behind Khupe’s no show at party meetings chaired by Mudzuri. Party spokesperson Obert Gutu told the Daily News that those who were agitating for her expulsion would be left with egg on their face.

“Internal MDC party processes are not for the public domain. Acting president ... Mudzuri is engaged with this matter and I can disclose to you that so far, a lot of progress has been made in resolving this issue. Anyone who is itching for VP Khupe’s expulsion from the MDC will be hugely disappointed,” said Gutu..

Efforts to get comment from Khupe were fruitless as her mobile phone was not reachable.

Khupe and her clique, comprising party chairperson Lovemore Moyo and organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe have crossed swords with Tsvangirai over the formation of the MDC Alliance to contest Zanu PF at the forthcoming polls.

The bone of contention has been the allocation of seats to the respective parties where Khupe and her group strongly feel that if the MDC wants to go into coalitions with other parties, it should only do so in some provinces where it has traditionally fared badly. The MDC faction linked to Khupe recently prepared a list of parliamentary candidates to contest in constituencies in Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and South, disregarding the MDC Alliance agreement which reserves certain seats for other actors outside of Tsvangirai’s party.

Khupe will fight it out with Tshinga Dube (Zanu PF) in Makokoba constituency, while the MDC’s national organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe will seek to retain his Nkayi North seat.

Their list excludes sitting Members of Parliament who are backing Tsvangirai’s efforts to contest the forthcoming polls under the MDC Alliance banner. These include Dingilizwe Tshuma (Emakhandeni), Prince Dubeko Sibanda (Binga North) Dorcas Sibanda (Bulawayo Central) and Tabitha Khumalo (Bulawayo East). Also excluded from the list was Bulawayo provincial chair Gift Banda.

According to the seats distribution arrangement adopted by the MDC Alliance, the MDC led by Tsvangirai would get 114 out of the 210 seats to be contested. Tendai Biti’s People’s Democratic Party, will get 14 seats while Welshman Ncube’s party will get 32 seats.

The Zimbabwe People First, under Agrippa Mutambara, has been allocated 30 seats with Transform Zimbabwe party led by Jacob Ngarivhume’s contesting in 19 seats.

The little-known Multi-Racial Christian Democrats will contest for one seat.

Comments (4)

Khupe remains an MDC icon in Matabeieland who can not b dismissed without costs to the party at this hour of election. Itz even better to retire Tsvangirai than to fire Khupe since he is well represented in Mashonaland by his friends Chamisa & Mudzuri

addmore gudo - 27 January 2018

Addmore Gudo you are lost because here we are looking for a leader with a national appeal, not a leader who is an icon in one province. Naturally it seems Chamisa has those qualities. Use your brains to think Gudo.

Kuga - 27 January 2018

I have a soft spot for this pretty lady, but she is messed up in the head. she cant read the times and adjust accordingly for the good of the people. She is being made drunk with the prospects of becoming ultimate leader. Please calm down "pretty" and be the champion you have always been

nyati - 28 January 2018

Khupe no longer has the interest of the party at heart if at all she had it in the first place.She is behaving like kindergatten kid.She alone and a few misguided elements in the MDC party cannot reverse the MDC Coalition.It is a fact that she has accept.She is fighting a loosing battle.In politics thing do not always go your way and you have to accept that.She just has to get off her high horse and move with others.Just jump out of the ship rather than wait to be chucked off.You are not bigger than the party Thoko.

Janana Bikaz Madhogodhogo - 29 January 2018

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