MDC-T co-vice president Dr Thokozani Khupe yesterday insisted she was the party’s acting president as per the constitution and that anyone claiming the position was violating the rule book.


There is an ugly fight in MDC-T over who succeeds Mr Morgan Tsvangirai who succumbed to cancer of the colon in a South African hospital last week and was buried on Tuesday at his rural home in Buhera.

The internal fights have seen MDC-T spokesperson Mr Obert Gutu turning his back on the party in which co-vice president Mr Nelson Chamisa has claimed the throne.

The fights manifested at the burial of Mr Tsvangirai where Dr Khupe, secretary-general Mr Douglas Mwonzora and organising secretary Mr Abednigo Bhebhe were assaulted. The violence received widespread condemnation even from MDC-T associates and sponsors. In a statement yesterday, Dr Khupe was adamant that constitutionally she was the acting MDC-T president, and not Mr Chamisa.

“Following the tragic passing on and the burial of our dear leader president Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai, it is important that the party returns to normalcy. This can only be done if the party goes back to its constitution.

It is clear from reading of clause that among other office bearers, the deputy presidents are members of the Standing Committee. However, they have to be elected by congress,” said Dr Khupe.

Messrs Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri were hand-picked by Mr Tsvangirai.“Clause 9.2 makes provision for the duties of the deputy president. It does not make provisions for the duties of the additional deputy presidents.

The deputy president in clause 9.2 can only be the deputy president elected by congress. Clause 9.21.1 provides that in the event of the death of the president, the deputy president assumes the role of the acting president pending the holding of the extraordinary congress within a year,” said Dr Khupe.

She added: “The deputy president is the deputy president provided for in clause 9.2 that is to say the one elected by congress.

There is therefore no role of the national council to elect an acting president because this is already provided for in the constitution. To that end I am the acting president of the MDC-T as provided for in both clauses 9.2 and clause 9.21.1 of the constitution.”



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