There are talks going on between MDC T Vice President Dr Thokozani Khupe and MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa that are reportedly meant to pave way for the former to rejoin her erstwhile colleague in the MDC Alliance, the country’s main opposition party.
According to Online tabloid ZimLive, the talks have caused ructions in the Douglas Mwonzora led MDC-T which is reportedly planning to recall Khupe from parliament.
However, the MDC-T has dismissed the reports of the plot to recall her.
According to reports MDC-T insiders, Khupe never fully accepted her defeat at the December 2020 Congress which saw her losing the presidency to Douglas Mwonzora, the then Secretary General.
Reports quotes an anonymous MDC Alliance official as saying:
“The lines of communication between the Khupe and the MDC Alliance leadership are very open, and very busy.”
Khupe’s growing disquiet opened a flank for Chamisa to woo her back into the fold as he bids to strengthen the MDC Alliance in Matabeleland, where Khupe remains a political force.
Chamisa has reportedly also reached out to other MDC founding leaders in Matabeleland including the former chairman Lovemore Moyo and former organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe, who joined him on his tour of Matabeleland South last month.
Chamisa’s spokesman Nkululeko Sibanda said that Chamisa wants to lead this country and building a nation is not a partisan enterprise. He added:
“His focus is to get every citizen to support change.
The MDC Alliance stands ready to welcome all comrades who underestimated Douglas Mwonzora’s complicity and connivance with the regime to frustrate change.”
Khupe’s spokesman Ntando Ndlovu denied that she has held talks with the MDC Alliance.
“Dr Khupe would like to place it on record that she has never held any discussions with any party about working together or anything of the sort.”- Said Ndlovu.
These reports come after Khupe’s lawyers wrote to the MDC-T secretary-general Paurina Mupariwa on December 6 raising concerns about a resolution allegedly passed by the party’s national council to recall her and her supporters from parliament.
The lawyers claimed a national council meeting held on November 26 passed a resolution “to recall Dr Khupe and others from parliament and local authorities” and that the intended recalls “are due any time.”
MDC-T spokesman Witness Dube said, “it is entirely open for speculation why madam vice president Khupe would come out of a national council meeting only to seek an audience with her lawyers about what she calls plots to remove her from parliament.”
He denied the alleged plot to recall her from Parliament, adding that the MDC-T, however, reserved the right to recall members on various grounds including joining other political parties.