CHAMISA READY FOR UNITY TALKS WITH KHUPE
MDC-T leaders and now arch rivals Thokozani Khupe and Nelso Chamisa are reportedly ready.
This follows after Chamisa’s move to have Khupe’s group barred from using the MDC-T name and logo was dismissed by the court.
The judge also stated that he didn’t know which side was legitimate and they should solve this constitutional crisis by legal or arbitrary means.
MDC-T acting chairperson, Morgen Komichi hinted that he was open for unity talks with Khupe, citing that“there is unity (power) in numbers”.
“I said Thokozani should come back. She must comply and respect the decision of the national council and we are prepared to accommodate her, even today and continue working with her.
“(Former organising secretary Abednico) Bhebhe should come and we want to work with him, (former party spokesperson) Obert Gutu must come and we want to work with him,” he said.
“This is not because of the judgment of judge Francis Bere, but we believe in unity, we believe in working together and that in unity, we gain a lot, while in disunity, we lose a lot.
“We want unity and we want her to come on board and if she sends her emissaries to come and see us, we will welcome them and find ways of dealing with the issues and resolve them once and for all.”
But Khupe’s deputy, Gutu, said he would only engage with the Chamisa camp if its leaders were honest and meant their words.
“Our position is clear, we are not vindictive. With all the abuses, we have said we are not abusive,” he said.
“If our colleagues are truthful and honest, they should mean what they say and say what they mean. Their actions should reflect what they mean.
“Their actions have spoken of malice, vindictiveness, intolerance, even the decision to recall Khupe from Parliament.
“If they are not genuine, how can we work with them, but if they are honest, we can work together.
“Everyday, I receive of 200 messages from South African numbers scolding me.”
Komichi claims even after Khupe’s expulsion Chamisa still kept the door open for negotiations her.
“We never refused to work with Khupe. She just chose to go away and that is why, even after the decision of the national council, president Chamisa never implemented it there and there,” he said.
“He (Chamisa), instead, established a committee of eminent people to approach her to come back to that party and continue working with others.
“Actually, the president was at pains to make the decision that he made because he did not like it, he wanted a situation, whereby, the party remained united.”