By Staff Reporter
THE MDC-T breakaway group led by former Vice President Thokozani Khupe (pictured) has been forced to delay its extra-ordinary congress by two weeks fearing possible violent skirmishes with the MDC-T Alliance which has called for a rally in Bulawayo same day.
The death of elected party President Morgan Tsvangirai in February this year ignited a fierce tussle for party control between Khupe and the now confirmed MDC-T President Nelson Chamisa.
Khupe angrily protested Chamisa’s decision to railroad party organs to install him party President outside an extra-ordinary congress to elect Tsvangirai’s successor.
For that, she became the target of some physical attacks by suspected Chamisa followers who were victimising her for her stance.
She was later to pull out of the main opposition, something she followed with plans to convene her own faction’s extra-ordinary congress April 7.
However, she has since been forced to move the elective event to April 21 in attempts to avert possible clashes with Chamisa followers this coming weekend.
This she announced on Monday through her spokesperson Witness Dube in a statement addressed to party delegates to the congress.
“This postponement has been necessitated by the coming to town of the MDC Alliance Rally on the same date, whose presence naturally presents a security threat to the smooth running of our program given the violence that took place in the very recent past.
“We therefore urge our party members to go about with their normal everyday business on this day,”
“The two outstanding MDC-T provincial congresses are however urged to go ahead with their programs in line with the old deadline in order to receive confirmation of their extra-ordinary congress credentials before travelling to Bulawayo on the 20th of April 2018.”
Khupe has since informed the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission she will contest the 2018 elections on an MDC-T ticket.