The decision to expel Thokozani Khupe from the MDC-T party, returned to haunt him Thursday as he lost the presidential elections, former party spokesman Obert Gutu has said.
In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, Gutu, who was the MDC-T spokesperson before the fall-out with Chamisa, said Chamisa and his group took a fatal gamble when the decided expel Khupe instead of ‘finding political solutions’ to their differences.
“We were taken to court, some of us. Our erstwhile colleagues said they had fired us from the party. Of course, wrongly, unlawfully, so when you say this gamble, that question should be put to those people who purportedly dismissed us but now the chickens have come home to roost,” Gutu said.
He added, “Like they say you reap what you sow; so, whoever did what they did, I am sure the chickens are now coming home to roost. This is now coming back to haunt them.
“Some of us have said let’s follow the rules; let’s follow the constitution, let us be peaceful, let us be non-violent and have political issues resolved politically but they decided to drag us to the High Court and, here we are, at the end of the day, what take home value have they managed to get; nothing.”
The former MDC-T spokesperson said the MDC Alliance should concede defeat and not talk of rigging when they did not have any evidence to prove the claimed fraud.
“You know an election is not the end of the world. I am happy to give an example of myself. I have conceded that I lost in Harare East and, if I had any issues with the manner in which the elections were administered, I obviously would have followed the necessary processes.”
“Unless maybe you are going to give me details to say allegations are that elections have been rigged because of ABC because, for me to just say the election was rigged full stop without any substantiating evidence, I think with due respect that would be nonsensical.”
“If I claim it was rigged, then I should be able to back it up with evidence.”
The former Harare East legislator who lost to Tendai Biti in the just ended parliamentary election, said the Khupe-led MDC-T party could have done much better had it given the $1.8 million that was given to the Chamisa faction under the Political Parties Financing Act.
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