Top govt post for Khupe?

HARARE - Speculation is rife within the MDC led by Thokozani Khupe that its leader could be earmarked for a diplomatic posting in President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.

This follows claims on social media that Khupe could replace Zimbabwe’s late Ambassador to Senegal and The Gambia, Trudy Stevenson.

Responding to the speculation, the MDC said it would deliberate as a party if ever its leader was to be offered a government post.

“The question of Khupe accepting or rejecting the offer doesn’t even arise because there is no offer to speak of in the first place and in the event that the said offer does materialise the leadership of the MDC will deliberate on it and come up with a response bearing in mind that Khupe is a leader not only of the MDC but of society also and whatever she does or is done in her name must be for the benefit of the people of Zimbabwe in particular the downtrodden and the forgotten,” said the party’s spokesperson, Khaliphani Phugeni.

Khupe has been widely accused of campaigning for a post in Mnangagwa’s government after she attended his inauguration at the National Sports Stadium recently.

But Phugeni said claims that Khupe was being rewarded for some supposedly political work only existed in the imagination of pseudo democrats, blaming their former colleagues in the MDC Alliance for the “mischief”.

He said no amount of fake stories planted in the media to misinform and paint a picture of a divided MDC would deter the party from playing its role in helping Zimbabwe find its greatness adding they don’t intend to re-unite with Nelson Chamisa’s MDC.

“We the MDC have no obligation to join together with a violent, intolerant and sexist political grouping that has since thrown the MDC constitution out of the window.

“Those people have trashed and bastardised the MDC into an intolerant, vile and corrupt one-man dictatorship where all the powers are now vested in the hands of one man.

“They can keep their one-man dictatorship and we are perfectly comfortable and happy rebuilding and re-energising the original MDC that is anchored on the founding values of democracy, constitutionalism, non-sexism, devolution, tolerance, peace, love and solidarity,” Phugeni said.

Comments (9)

Khupe has demonstrated in her speeches and actions that she cares deeply for Zimbabweans. She has articulated well her views and vision about uplifting the standard and quality of life of Zimbabweans. Her record in leadership position in MDC is impeccable. I'd feel proud as a Zimbabwean to be represented in Zimbabwe and or elsewhere by a person of Khupe's character and calibre. She has the mettle, and the brains too..

Will Blackman - 17 September 2018

At the risk of being named a sexist, i view Khupe as a very selfish woman who is into politics for personal gains. She envisaged her rise to be exponential basing on the gender card unfortunately voters were so alive to her shenanigans hence her embarrassing performance at the July 30 plebiscite. Her refusal to join the Alliance was aimed at splitting the opposition vote in favour of zanupf which was mission accomplished and now its payback time hence the top post. No rocket science needed, she will gracefully accept that post. Its no-brainer that her stint in Senegal and Gambia will not bring food on the table of one family in Makokoba.

Sinyo - 18 September 2018

At the risk of being named a sexist, i view Khupe as a very selfish woman who is into politics for personal gains as a matter of fact all politicians are in politics for selfish reasons. She envisaged her rise to be exponential basing on the gender card unfortunately voters were so alive to her shenanigans hence her embarrassing performance at the July 30 plebiscite. Her refusal to join the Alliance was aimed at splitting the opposition vote in favour of zanupf which was mission accomplished and now its payback time hence the top post. She never challenged ZEC's handling of the electoral processes was very quick to accept the outcome and congratulated ED and gleefully attended the inauguration. No rocket science needed, she will gracefully accept that post. Its no-brainer that her stint in Senegal and Gambia will not bring food on the table of one family in Makokoba.

Sinyo - 18 September 2018

Phugeni and your lot are nothing in Zimbabwe's political matrix. Just look at the paltry votes you got,less than 30000 in the July 2018 elections. Khupe, Obert 'dzungu boy' Gutu and you were always sellouts and are responsible for delaying the much needed change in this country by supping with the devil ever since. Noone would want to work with coz you are irrelevant. Go hang and soon,very soon you will wake up from your deep slumber. CHAMISA CHETE CHETE- THE pEOPLE'S president.

Muzukuru WaMachekera - 18 September 2018

Sinyo, you are not only sexist but someone so intolerant of other people's political views. Why should Dr Khupe think the MDC Alliance members - is there a rule that stipulates that!? You have selective thinking and a very weak mind. Dr Khupe was clearly denied a chance to stand for the MDC Presidency after the death of Chamisa, and to you it was fair! Zimbabwe does not need this lack of objectivity at all!

Mhofu Chaiyo - 18 September 2018

Mhofu Chaiyo, im not following your drift 100% due to some grammar errors however i do accommodate divergent thinking/views and will try to address some of your concerns as follows; On the MDC presidency, Khupe having been a long time deputy must have been very conversant with its Constitution which stipulates that in between Congress the Council will make decision. After Morgan Tsvangirayi's death the Council made a decision to pick one VP as the president as there was little time before elections and unfortunately that VP was not Khupe. Chamisa prevailed and judging from the fact that the MDC Council is made out of chairpersons from all provinces chances are that even at Congress Chamisa was going to prevail. The Council obviously looked at the 3 VPs and selected one who had better chances against zanupf candidate. Those were the party's internal processes which if Khupe was really a people centred leader should have confronted internally not dessert. You must also remember that Khupe had seized attending to MDC meetings and issues 2 years before Tsvangirayi's death a costly error of judgment on her part she is the one who has blurred objectives politically. Thus she could not be trusted with the presidency and results of the July 30 election proved the Council correct. And as i have already alluded to she will accept the top-post for its is personal achievement on her self....great leaders do it the other way.

Sinyo - 18 September 2018

People do not be hoodwinked by zanu, that's how it operates. Obviously Khupe is under their payroll and she did as instructed not accept Chamisa as a leader. This was meant to weaken the opposition since if all parties had rallied ith Chamisa we would be free as we speak and zanu knows all this trajectory hence pieces of silver come into play.Now she is being rewarded for a job well done.

Kufandada - 18 September 2018

You mdca people are very fuuny. Why do you always want to blame ZANU PF for your failures? You lied to the people that you were a democratic party and you failed to observe the democratic principles and you blame ZANU PF. You failed to honor your own constitution and you blame ZANU PF. You failed to uphold the rule of law by denigrating the Learned judges of the highest court of the land and you blame ZANU PF. But the most funny part of how foolish people in mdca are, is that not long ago you were saying Mugabe must go, and when that happened you celebrated and jumped to join him with the hope of outdoing ZANU PF. Now that all tricks has failed, you still blame ZANU PF. chamisa set his thugs on Dr Khupe in order to takeover mdc-t presidency and you blame ZANU PF for such backward undemocratic thinking. Let madam Khupe do as she wishes, She is a Zimbabwean who has her country at heart, not the power hungry non presidential material chamisa. If she is given that post she will be serving the country not President Mnangagwa. That she shows she is in opposition not by hate but to strengthen policies of accountability and development. Thats the difference between her and chamisa whose opposition is not of policies but of hate, that is why he was called by Pres Mnangagwa to work together for the good of the country and refused.

shunguhadziurayi - 19 September 2018

@shunguhadziurayi, I think there is a DR. before your name or there should be. Your assessment is spot on.

nkosi - 21 September 2018

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