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'Khupe's orders must be followed or else...,' says Mwonzora

by Staff reporter
03 Apr 2020 at 14:30hrs | Views
REINSTATED MDC secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora has delivered stinging criticism of his long-time nemesis Nelson Chamisa and his allies, saying they faced disciplinary action for failing to comply with Tuesday's Supreme Court decision rendering Thokozani Khupe as the rightful leader of the party.

The Chamisa camp, most notably his deputies Tendai Biti and Welshman Ncube, mocked the ruling, saying it did not affect their structures.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that Chamisa was not the legitimate leader of the main opposition party, in so doing affirming an earlier High Court decision.

Chamisa gained control of the party in a dramatic fashion when the now late founding president, Morgan Tsvangirai, was on his deathbed in South Africa. Tsvangirai succumbed to colon cancer in February 14, 2018. The court said the party should revert to 2014 structures, which in principle implies the firebrand youthful politician is relegated to a national council member position while Khupe — who was elected MDC vice-president at the October 2014 congress — assumes the reins.

"The MDC Alliance is not a political party. It is a group of political parties who include several other parties.

"It was constituted in terms of an alliance agreement. In terms of the alliance, the individual political parties retain their identities.

"In terms of the alliance agreement, whoever is the leader of the MDC formerly led by Tsvangirai is automatically the leader of the alliance," Mwonzora said.

"The Supreme Court has pronounced that Chamisa is not the president of the MDC that was led by Tsvangirai. That automatically affects his status as leader of the alliance.

"I hope my colleagues recover from the disappointment of losing a court case and think soberly.

"This is a judgment of the highest court in the land and it must be followed. If they decide to defy the judgment it is their choice, but the correct leadership will occupy Harvest House," Mwonzora added.

"We are aware that various MPs and councillors are being intimidated to endorse a leadership that was declared not to be our leadership by the Supreme Court.

"The judgment is real and it came on the basis of Chamisa approaching the Supreme Court. They have to comply with the court order," he said further.

When Tsvangirai died last year, Chamisa was accused of having allegedly used under-handed methods to torpedo the ambitions of Elias Mudzuri and Khupe.

A titanic leadership battle subsequently ensued, which eventually led to Khupe forming a breakaway faction — which went on to perform dismally in the 2018 elections.

Source - dailynews