Khupe, Chamisa talks crumble

HARARE - Talks to reunite the feuding MDC-T factions have virtually collapsed with the Thokozani Khupe-led formation saying it will not go to bed with a political outfit that is full of gangsters and is about to enter into an electoral pact with former president Robert Mugabe.

The MDC was plunged into a bitter power struggle after the death of MDC founding father, Morgan Tsvangirai, on February 14 this year, which saw the party’s three deputies, Khupe, Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri all clamouring to take over the reins.

In the end, Chamisa triumphed, while Mudzuri grudgingly accepted defeat.

Khupe went on to hold a congress where she was elected leader of her faction while Obert Gutu, who was the spokesperson of the united MDC-T formation, became her vice president.

Yesterday, Gutu told the Daily News that they have turned down overtures from their erstwhile comrades in the Chamisa-led camp.

“We are a principled and focused political party that is led by . . . Khupe. We abhor violence, intimidation, tribalism, sexism and indeed, all forms of discrimination. We know that our erstwhile colleagues are anything but sincere and honest. Yes, they have used some highly-placed emissaries to get in touch with us seeking a re-unification,” said Gutu.

The former MDC-T spokesperson added that the Chamisa-led camp was untrustworthy.

“What we know for certain is that our former colleagues cannot be trusted. In the past, they have exhibited shocking levels of intolerance, hatred, malice and vindictiveness. We have got absolutely no appetite to re-unite with people who are neither honest nor sincere,” he said, adding that there was no motivation for them to get into bed with their former colleagues.

“We are not desperate at all. Our party is growing in leaps and bounds and we are perfectly happy with the trajectory that we have taken. Anyone who writes us off as a non-factor in Zimbabwean politics will be utterly shocked when the election results are announced. There’s a snowball’s chance in hell of us re-uniting with people who cannot be trusted. In fact, it is only when human life is found to exist on planet Jupiter that we will re-unite with those people,” said Gutu.

Despite Gutu’s bullish sentiments about his party’s electoral prospects, recent opinion polls have given Khupe and her party less than one percent of the total vote, with Zanu PF strongman President Emmerson Mnangagwa in pole position, closely followed by Chamisa.

According to the Mass Public Opinion Institute and Afrobarometer, the race for the presidency will be between Chamisa and Mnangagwa.

Mnangagwa, according to the poll, will get 42 percent of the vote while Chamisa is projected to garner 31 percent — something that entails a presidential run-off under the country’s Constitution.

The secretary-general of the Chamisa-led MDC-T, Douglas Mwonzora, also confirmed that attempts to build bridges with Khupe had collapsed.

“There have been spirited attempts to reunite the two parties to resolve the impasse involving Khupe and her group but unfortunately we have not succeeded. The major sticking points are about the leadership and nothing else,” said Mwonzora.

Khupe has always insisted that she was the only bona-fide MDC leader because Chamisa and Mudzuri were appointed by the late Tsvangirai outside congress.

As such, she is already preparing for the harmonised elections pencilled for July 30.

Writing on micro-blogging site twitter, Gutu inferred that the MDC Alliance led by Chamisa is now supping with the devil after having roped in ex-Zanu PF officials who were thrown out from the ruling party last November after Mnangagwa was propelled to power via a soft coup.

The former Zanu PF officials have since formed their own party called National Patriotic Front (NPF).

Last week, NPF spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire revealed that NPF, which is closely linked to former president Robert Mugabe, was joining hands with the MDC Alliance.

Gutu said the development was a clear sign that their former comrades have sold out.

“Now it’s abundantly clear who, exactly, has been supping with Mugabe and his cohorts. You can run but you certainly can’t hide. The chickens are coming home to roost . . . the way the cookie crumbles,” said Gutu.

But academic and researcher Pedzisai Ruhanya disagrees.

He said there was nothing wrong with building synergies even with discredited characters as long as that brings the votes.

“Mugabe is not the candidate. If he has a quantifiable following that is determined to soil Zanu PF and vote the opposition, what’s wrong with that? Who is clean in Zanu PF and politics in general? In any case, a corpus of literature shows us that implosion of the ruling elite oftentimes leads to a democratic breakthrough, especially when former ruling party supporters join the opposition as was the case when Moi lost in Kenya in 2002; so sit down,” Ruhanya wrote on Facebook.

Comments (14)

That is the problem with Zimbabwean politics - career politicians flip flopping, crossing the floor - ideological differences as they pretend to tell us do not really exist. All they want is to use politics to get rich rich. If Chamisa says Zanu PF has failed the country for 38 years why is he forming a pact with its former leaders - including Mugabe!!!!!!!!!!

Daniel 5 - 12 June 2018

Every vote counts!

grade two - 12 June 2018

MDC and Chamisa are out iof their minds, they don't want the best for the country - only to fuck it over and get rich fast.

Kangwa - 12 June 2018

Had Chamisa been a Londoner or EU res, what sort of role or political outfit will suit him , MP?....Naah , councilor ? , Pamwe ku east London , but still naah. Kuchembere nevamwe vezhira. The downside is ma kiristu haana chanzi , ku ayirendi chete ndokwaanodiwa , asi havambokubvuma kana ikoko kuma kkk. Zvinoda kuberekerws ko,

T Pasipano , Lugano Switz. - 13 June 2018

such a principled lady go KHUPE go ramba wakadaro even if u have few voter remain principled i admire that

S.R.K - 13 June 2018

Povo yati chamisa chete chete,anebhora ndiye anomakwa,but he eventually win

don - 13 June 2018

Madam Khupe you are such an honourable Lady. Please dont be let these ZANU strategists use you for their own good. Take that Chamisa hand whilst it is still extended to you, this young man is the inevitable future of our beloved country, there are no two ways, we are all going this Chamisa direction.

VVIP - 13 June 2018

Khupe, uchananzva ivhu, politically you are finished, dead wood. You may have your principles but understand that thee are certain principles which do not work in politics. You have opened a way for Biti and Ncube to come back from oblivion. Dont be a cry baby after July because you are only going to get votes from Gutu and a few other lost but to be found guys who are helping to send you six fit underground.

Matingindi - 13 June 2018

Khuphe is not principled rather she is a power hungry lady. remember when Ncube and MT wanted to reunite during the 2013 elections it was Khuphe who refuse cause she wanted to consolidate her power. if she was that principled she shld have followed Ncube and Biti when they left for the very reasons that she is citing now.

Truth MDC - 13 June 2018

Khupe is a heroine. She is not an opportunist.

Senior - 13 June 2018

But chances are Chamisa is unlikely to win the elections;the main land rural areas in zimbabwe with the country's bulk populations, is not with his party plus he himself has foolishly waffled at rallies that some urbanites have already started to doubt his ability to run the country

addmore gudo - 13 June 2018

Personally i would'nt want MDC to have anything to do with NPF, Mgabe and Grace. It reminds me of 2008

shaolin kung fu master - 13 June 2018

principles do matter ,its a case of history repeating itself remember 1978 Mugabe engineered the sacking of one Ndabaningi SIthole and even hated him to his grave because of power now its the turn of the MDC T what happens?we are told that in 78 Mugabe betrayed betrayed his comrades by playing the tribal card and now?Chamisa has betrayed MS Khupe by playing the same card after a bitter struggle for power

edwin chihambakwe - 13 June 2018

How has Khupe been betrayed?? She is the one who started sulking sing last year holding on to a grudge with Tsvangirai and boycotting MDC meetings eversince and nobody knows what she wants (except to be the chef)

Cde Khumalo - 13 June 2018

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