By Nkanyiso Ncube
MDC-T has dismissed claims that the party’s vice president Thokozani Khupe is working with National People’s Party (NPP) leader Joice Mujuru to topple Morgan Tsvangirai ahead of the 2018 general elections.
Khupe is reportedly leading a faction in MDC-T and hopes to take over after the veteran trade unionist has retired, while Mujuru is said to be at loggerheads with Tsvangirai over coalition leadership post.
However in a statement, MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said the reports by some sections of the media were misplaced as the party is solidly united under the leadership of Tsvangirai.
“In particular, it has been wrongly and maliciously reported that there is a plot to oust President Tsvangirai. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact of the matter is that the MDC is a united political party under the able and visionary leadership of President Morgan Tsvangirai,” he said.
Gutu further reiterated that Tsvangirai was their unquestionable leader and genuine party members were happy with his leadership.
“In fact, all genuine MDC cadres, from the branch level up to the national standing committee, know that Morgan Tsvangirai is our undisputed leader. Any insinuation to the contrary can only be the work of our detractors working in conjunction with the discredited CIO within the faction – ridden and collapsing Zanu PF regime,” he said.
The MDC-T spokesperson said Khupe was working with Mujuru to mobilize and encourage women to participate during next year’s harmonised elections
“Vice president Thokozani Khupe has been working with Dr. Joice Mujuru, together with other female politicians in Zimbabwe from various opposition political parties, at the Women Electoral Convergence (WEC), which is a multi – party forum composed of female politicians who are mobilizing women to vote in the make or break 2018 harmonized elections. Indeed, President Morgan Tsvangirai is actually very supportive of the activities of WEC and he has encouraged female leaders within the MDC to take an active part in mobilizing the female vote.”
The former Senator expressed optimism that MDC-T will win next year’s elections.
“We would like to warn our political detractors that President Morgan Tsvangirai is marching to victory in next year’s Presidential elections no matter what evil machinations these misguided political missiles might want to plan. Democratic change is coming to Zimbabwe very soon and Morgan Tsvangirai will be there to take up his seat as the country’s First Citizen after the 2018 harmonized elections.