MDC moves to kick out Khupe

HARARE - The MDC's highest decision-making body in between congresses, the national council, will meet soon to start formalities to expel the party's vice president, Thokozani Khupe.

This follows yesterday’s expiry of a seven-day ultimatum given to Khupe by the same organ to comply with an MDC directive to reach out and make peace with Nelson Chamisa, who was recently chosen as the party’s substantive president.

Khupe — who has had to suffer violence at the hands of suspected MDC youths hostile to her hardliner stance against Chamisa — has refused to comply with the directive.

She insists she is the rightful heir to take-over from Morgan Tsvangirai, the late MDC founding president who died in South Africa last month.

Khupe has thus been tearing into Chamisa, describing him as a violent gangster who is not worth to lead the party.

MDC head of information, Luke Tamborinyoka, yesterday said the axe was hanging on Khupe’s head.

“The seven-day ultimatum has expired (without Khupe making efforts to sort her mess). The party’s very apex is currently seized with the issue,” he said.

Asked what course of action the party would take given Khupe’s open defiance, Tamborinyoka said he would only comment when the decision has been made.

“Ordinarily, the constitutional processes must kick in. The president of the party (Chamisa) will make an announcement in due course but I can safely tell you that the apex of the party is seized with the matter,” he said.

MDC officials sympathetic to Khupe, however, told the Daily News that she had made overtures to the MDC Guardian Council with the aim to get them to mediate in the impasse.

“She might not be fired. She has appealed to the Guardian Council for mediation and it is currently trying to sort the issue out,” said the official who declined to be named for fear of victimisation.

Chairperson of the Guardian Council James Makore could not be reached for comment as his mobile number was not available.

Last week, Khupe also posted on her twitter account that she had written to the council seeking their mediation.

“I wrote a letter to the party’s Guardians Council for them to intervene in terms of our constitution. They are the internal arbiters and are seized with this matter even as ultimatums are being issued,” she tweeted.

In terms of the MDC constitution, the Guardian Council acts as the party’s advisory board.

It is chaired by MDC Senator Makore.

Career politician and veteran trade unionist, Cephas Makuyana, who once served as senator, is also a member of the Guardian Council.

Its role is to offer advice and wisdom to the national leadership of the party, including the national executive and the national council.

It also performs and/or carry out any such functions which the national council may from time to time delegate to it, which may include investigations, arbitration and reconciliation in disputes within the party structures and/or among members.

The bad blood between Khupe and Chamisa started in 2016 when Tsvangirai elevated the Kuwadzana West legislator to the position of vice president.

Since then, the crafty legislator, nicknamed The Cobra after the menacing serpent, has worked his way to the leadership of the party, effectively dealing Khupe a body blow.

Their relationship soured even more last month when Khupe had to take refuge in a hut during Tsvangirai’s funeral to escape the wrath of MDC thugs who were baying for her blood before she was rescued by sympathisers.

Comments (11)

If the Constitution kicks in then Khupe becomes the acting president. The only way to keep Chamisa as Press is to stay out of the constitution & uphold the rule of lawless like you have been, then there will not be issues

Mkosho - 9 March 2018

To be honest Dr Khupe is not suitable to pull this wagon against a croc, that's facts on the ground. If she was a visionary leader she was supposed to e

facts - 9 March 2018

she was supposed to eat her humble pie long back. Now I think it's better to partways. If she was successfuly became the leader, by now the Alliance would have been in the trash. She would reverse everything so it's better to lose her now.

facts - 9 March 2018

Read the MDC Constitution, the National Council has powers to make appointments like they did on Chamisa. I was one of those who thought what they did was not within the confines of their constitution.

Humba - 9 March 2018

Read Article 16.1 of their constitution. Then you will realise that Khupe is dumb or playing dumb because its in black and white. The National Council has powers to make such appointments.

Humba - 9 March 2018

thanks Humba

facts - 9 March 2018

hatitongwe nemukadzi khupe go to hell n may the devil rape u

g40 - 9 March 2018

MDC ikutiitira matuzvi ngavagare #ED has my vote

Crocodile gang - 9 March 2018

Insulting Makhupe is being stupid . SHE IS ONE OF US WE NEED TO TELL HER THAT PPLE have spoken loudly that they want Chamisa and she must not force herself onto them Secondly she dug her political grave by snubbing party activities she even snubbed the late founding president . She was not consistent and loyal to the party like the young Chami by always arguing with everyone in the party and she must copy from Elias he saw the writing on the wall and stoped his nonsense . Ma Khupe pliz think like an educated woman not like a house join the tent we want you in a new govt .

Diibulaanyika - 9 March 2018

If Chamisa is a democrat, why is he afraid of facing his opponents on the congress vote. This matter is serious therefore needs careful thought. The party must be united and the only way to do that is to suspend Chamisa and call fresh elections. i believe he can easily win against any of his opponents, but why is he afraid? How could they use the constitution to oust Khuphe when they failed to use the same constitution to elect Chamisa, who was handpicked by Tsvangirai. Chamisa must not force his own interests ahead of the party. he must win via the congress

Sipho Phakathi - 9 March 2018

Chamisa is not afraid ,but had hope that Talks can resolve the matter .I am sure the death of a president doesn't mean a congress should be done immediatetly but in stipulated time frame. and to go congress must be demanding considering its normal frequency and a 4 mnth election away.Truth be told Khupe cant face ED ,Chamisa has his blood shed but never changes for good cause, I m nt sure about Khupe's cause nevertheless she should be respected for serving , and stop fighting party leaders like she did to the late honorable father of Democracy MT over party decision.the partys intyerst first . people want Chamisa

TRU ZIMBO - 11 March 2018

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