Thokozani Khupe, who lost to Douglas Mwonzora on Sunday, has maintained she is the party’s acting president and Mwonzora is suspended.
Speaking to the publication after the chaotic congress on Sunday, Khupe said she will hold a standing committee meeting to map out the way forward:
I suspended Mwonzora. That so-called extra-ordinary congress was a non-event. I am still the acting president of the party. We are going to have our national council and map out the way forward.
The voters’ roll was changed. I wanted the party to have a free and fair election. I said after a few provinces voted that the election is a non-event.
Our agents are being thrown out. They were being intimidated. The (Mwonzora) thugs were harassing everyone and it was not an election.
All this was pre-planned for rig elections. Mwonzora remains suspended as the party investigates his conduct.
However, legal experts including Khupe’s former ally Obert Gutu have said that for the outcome of the election to be overturned, Khupe will have to approach the courts. Gutu said:
In terms of the MDC constitution, the moment you enter into a contest you are no longer the holder of your position. The election has to be by secret vote conducted by an independent electoral board appointed by the party to prepare and run the election, it is the duty of the electoral board to ensure that they have a legitimate voters’ roll that is agreed on by all candidates.
Khupe yesterday held a standing committee meeting that resolved to fire Mwonzora from the party.
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