By Staff Reporter
THE MDC-T has finally split after party deputy President Thokozani Khupe (pictured) said on Sunday they were disengaging with their colleagues and were planning an extra-ordinary congress to choose a leadership for her faction.
She announced the split during a party rally in Bulawayo which was attended by her loyalists and some hundreds of supporters.
The former deputy Prime Minister accused party rivals within the popular opposition of leading the party away from its founding values through open constitutional violations and visiting violence on their rivals.
She cited her own attack on two separate occasions by followers of disputed party President Nelson Chamisa at the burial of party President Morgan Tsvangirai in Buhera last month and lately in Bulawayo.
During the Buhera incident, she was forced to seek refuge in a hut as she survived an attempt to burn her inside.
“We will not stand with those who have opted to use violence, defy the constitution, discriminate and go against the core values of the MDC,” she said.
“With a clear conscience, we are parting from these actions and we will continue to pursue the democratic project of taking the people of Zimbabwe to the Promised Land.
“Naturally, we shall very soon be going to an extra-ordinary Congress that will elect a new substantive leader of the MDC as provided for by the party Constitution and I hereby urge all of us to respect the outcome of the extra-ordinary Congress.
She added: “…The time has come and the time is now for us to take a stand and say enough is enough. We all want to be treated equally, with dignity and respect.
“We are all equal in the eyes of the Lord, the eyes of the law and indeed in the eyes of the societies that we live in. The time has come for a new Zimbabwe, not only for some but for all citizens regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, creed and religion. The time for us to stand up and be counted is now.”
Khupe said they shall now “pursue the formation of a holistic, viable and broad-based grand coalition of all progressive and democratic political forces that will face Zanu PF in the forthcoming harmonised elections”.
“We shall always remain open to any forms of collaboration that are aimed at establishing a truly democratic and stable nation state in Zimbabwe,” she said.
“…Going forward, we hereby immediately dissociate ourselves from any members of the MDC who are resorting to the use of wanton violence, intimidation and thuggery as tools for political mobilisation.
“Additionally, we also unreservedly and unashamedly declare that we are not going to part of any political formation that doesn’t abide by the dictates of the MDC constitution,” she said.