I will fight to the end: Khupe

BULAWAYO - MDC deputy president Thokozani Khupe has declared that she was not going to give up in her fight to be ordained as the party’s president.

Khupe, who was addressing a gathering of about 500 supporters at Amphitheatre here on Sunday, described her struggle as the beginning of a new journey.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” Khupe said, quoting Lao Tzu — a major figure in Chinese philosophy recognised as the founding father of Taoism.

“We have just begun a new journey. I am not going to be intimidated nor am I going to be afraid because of the things that are happening,” she said.

“I am going to fight to the finish. I am going to walk with you every step until we arrive to our destination. I stand before you as the constitutionally and democratically elected president of the MDC,” said Khupe, who was flanked by suspended party spokesperson Obert Gutu and national organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe said.

Taking a dig at party president Nelson Chamisa, whose ascendency she has openly refused to acknowledge, Khupe said he had gone on a constitutionally wrong path.

“We have come a long way with our colleagues but they seem to have taken a different path, a path which is violent, unconstitutional, a path which discriminates against ethnicity and women. We will not be silenced by violence,” she said.

“We are still going to an extraordinary congress which will elect the president of the MDC.

“I hereby urge all of us here to respect the outcome of the congress.”

Khupe invited officials from the Joice Mujuru-led People’s Rainbow Coalition (PRC) and also members from the controversial Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRP) to her rally, raising speculation about her next move.

She, however, hinted that she will pursue what she termed “a broad-based coalition that will face Zanu PF in the forthcoming elections.”

Speaking at the same event, Gutu said: “We do not want to have a Zanu PF habit of beating and killing each other whenever there is a dispute and this is why we are saying if we do not follow the constitution, we risk being another version of Zanu PF.

“We are drawing the line in the sand to say we are not going to be forced to associate with characters that are violent,” Gutu said.

Chamisa took control of the MDC after his nomination as acting president during a national council meeting, but Khupe argues she is the rightful leader on grounds she was the only elected deputy president at the 2014 congress.

Comments (7)

True Khupe has bn unfairly treated in the MDC-T,every one knows this including Chamisa himself.It all began when Tsvangirai showed signs of attempting to side track her when he controversially put Chamisa & Mudzuri to her job- in a clear provocative move which went sour at personal level;she later tested the waters by trying to oppose the alliance coalition, only to see if her opinions could b respected as the vp ,in which Tsvangirai showed flagrant disrespect;she objected by withdrawing her cooperation in disgust;and Tsvangirai since then tipping Chamisa to take over in the event of his incapacitation & failure Mudzuri could,his option B.Like Ncube Khupe has now the challenge of flowing against the tide,Whatever she chooses,I will respect her for it-submitting to chamisa or going it alone

addmore gudo - 20 March 2018

If she stands her ground,its still ok,the spirit of righteousness,fairness & correctness might still carry her to the ends of the struggle of the righteous & the honest;if she submits to the tide ,she might as well secretly keep her relevance in a low profile-since the tide does not know the right or the wrong thing,it only goes its own way.That year when Tsvangirai split with Ncube & Gibson;it was clear Tsvangirai had failed at leadership by implementing minority decision at a party referendum but Ncube & Sibanda could not flow against the tide later , bec the tide does not know the right & the wrong thing.The wrong man will still emerge the victor;bec he only chooses to flow with the tide

addmore gudo - 20 March 2018

Eish, i havent seen a woman ane nharo sa Thokozani, dont worry she wants to be irrelevant. Those people advising her are giving her wrong advice, she cannot compete with Mnangagwa (the rigging machine) and win, we need someone who can gunner enough votes to beat a rigging machine. So very soon Khupe will be President of a small unknown party, eish she wants the title of president, but she already has the title, She is Vice President. i dont know what this woman wants.

Bango P - 20 March 2018

As we speak, Mutsvangwa and Chigumba where spotted in Russia to learn rigging tricks, remember the recent election in Russia was rigged, reports say officials where spotted stuffing ballots in boxes. WHAT A MESS ED - " We are preparing for free and fair elections" by sending Chigumba to learning smart rigging techniques. DONT BE FOOLED, ED WANTS TO RIG THIS ELECTION IN SMART WAY.

Bango P - 20 March 2018

though I am not a supporter of MDC.Mine is is a frank comment,not based on favouritism or any other interest. Of course I do agree,that Kupe is the one that was supposed to have been in control of MDC.But the main problem with her is that she doesn't have a big name in politics. Besides,she can not be capable enough to outwit ED,therefore for sake the progress of their party ,she simply has to swallow her pride and deputies Chamisa.

taps - 20 March 2018

We want leaders not rulers. The challenge with Zimbabweans is everyone thinks he is a leader. The factions prevalent in Zanu PF are now endemic to MDC PF. Chamisa has potential to become a good leader but he is still wet behind the ears with regards to leadership. The excitement and apparent fearlessness of youth should not be mistaken for wisdom and courage. A servant leader should learn to be humble, think before he speaks and keep his cards close to his chest.........

Daniel 5 - 20 March 2018

Miss Khupe is fighting a losing battle. She is on shaky ground. The problem in MDC-T is not Mr Chamisa. The problem is that the MDC-T constitution is faulty and can be interpreted in many ways. If Thokozani does not swallow her stupid pride she will fall by the wayside just as Munyaradzi Gwisai and Gibson Sibanda fell. In 2 years' time no one will remember who Khupe was. Mark my words.

Hendricks Nhongo - 20 March 2018

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