Zimbabwe’s Political Status Far from Reality

By Shingirai Vambe

Harare – MDC chairperson, Thabitha Khumalo has described theSupreme Court ruling delivered on Tuesday that nullified MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa’s appointment as the opposition leader as baffling and hurriedly handed down when the country was battling to contain the spread of COVID–19.

The court ruled that Thokozani Khupe was the legitimate leader of the MDC, but in an acting capacity.

Judges, Antonia Guvava, Patel Bharat and Paddington Garwe, ruled that the MDC should revert to the 2014 structures and Khupe, as acting president, was ordered to hold an extraordinary congress.

Khupe and Chamisa have been fighting for leadership of the opposition MDC-T following the death of founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Khupe leader of a faction of the MDC claimed she was the legitimate leader of the MDC and that the party should revert to its 2014 constitution.

The MDC-T leader approached the High Court and she won the case a ruling Chamisa challenged at the Supreme Court.

Khumalo said the Supreme Court ruling is not only baffling in its contents but timing as well when the country is fighting COVID-19 to ensure it does not devour our people.

Khumalo told Post On Sunday that her party held its fifth National Congress at Ascot stadium in Gweru from 24-26 May, 2019, to elect party leadership and forge the way forward for the party.
“It was at this congress were the party also reviewed and ratified the key decisions that the party made through the National Council” Khumalo said.

She further highlighted that there was neither a political or legal question on the leadership of the MDC.

“We cannot be swayed from the mission of achieving democratic change and transform into sustainable green, democratic development state which delivers justice, peace, gender, equality, freedom and protection of the vulnerable and transforming livelihoods by uniting communities through an ethical God fearing state” she said.

Asked to clarify the effect of the ruling on sitting MDC Alliance legislators Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda said he is yet to study the ruling.

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