By Shami Makombe
THE MDC-T has responded to its suspended vice president Thokozani Khupe, who on Friday declared herself leader of the opposition outfit.
Khupe held a press conference in Bulawayo less than 24 hours after she was suspended on various allegations, and she wasted no time to declare herself the party’s new leader.
The former Prime Minister said elected party leader Douglas Mwonzora was no longer in the opposition formation saying he expelled himself after he declared he was MDC Alliance president.
Khupe said she has decided to lead the MDC-T “because the party constitution has been shredded by Mwonzora and his cabal.”
She said Mwonzora “can declare himself leader of another faction of the party or any other since he is no longer the leader of the MDC-T.”
Khupe went further to instruct her lawyers to advise Mwonzora that his membership of the MDC-T had been automatically terminated by operation of the party’s constitution.
In response, MDC-T information and publicity secretary, Witness Dube, said Khupe “is day dreaming as she has been suspended from the party. She is too tired politically.”
Khupe is the leader of opposition in the National Assembly.
The opposition MDC has been plagued by splits since its formation just before the turn of the millennium.
In 2005, Welshman Ncube, David Coltart and several mainly Matebeleland politicians broke away citing dictatorial tendencies by founder President Morgan Tsvangirai.
In 2007, Job Sikhala broke away saying the party had diverted from the original 1999 ideology. He called his formation MDC99 and returned to the main MDC almost ten years later.
In 2014, following the MDC’s huge defeat to Zanu PF a year earlier, then party Secretary-General Tendai Biti split away and took with him party assets, Treasury funding and some vehicles and elected officials. He returned to the main fold just over two years later.
Meanwhile, ZBC recorded a clip with Khupe making the announcement of thr latest split. Watch below.