Former MDC-T Deputy President, Dr Thokozani Khupe says she has instructed her lawyers to file an urgent chamber application challenging the recent move to recall her from parliament.
She accused the legislature of being unfair in handling the recent developments involving the warring factions in the party.
According to her, parliament was not supposed to accept the letter from the Nelson Chamisa camp after she had written to the National Assembly highlighting the leadership crisis within the party.
“I am not moved by the recall. I am actually surprised that they had to accept a letter from Chamisa. I wrote to parliament advising them of leadership dispute and that they must not entertain any recall letter. Therefore, we will not accept the recall as the legislature is being unfair,” she said.
Dr Khupe also expressed concern over the decision by the state to prioritise the Chamisa camp in the disbursement of funds under the Political Parties Finance Act.
She insisted that she is still the leader of the MDC-T and stressed that the extra-ordinary congress penciled for the 21st of this month is going ahead.
“We have been moving around and we are here in Victoria Falls to drum up support ahead of the extra-ordinary congress. I am happy with the preparations and looking forward to a huge turn-out,” she said.
Meanwhile, Constitutional law expert, Professor Lovemore Madhuku is now preparing to lodge a Constitutional Court application challenging the constitutionality of Dr Thokozani Khupe’s expulsion from Parliament following a recall by the MDC-T faction led by Nelson Chamisa on Thursday.
The latest development comes as the circus within the opposition party continues, with Khupe claiming to have also recalled Chamisa from parliament.
Professor Madhuku confirmed that he is approaching the Constitutional Court on the basis that Khupe’s recall from parliament at the instigation of a faction within a party is unconstitutional as she was in parliament because she was voted into office by thousands of people whose interests would be affected by the unlawful expulsion by parliament.
The Dr Khupe camp is on record accusing the Chamisa faction of allegedly violating the party’s constitution and for deviating from the core values of the opposition party.
The MDC-T informed parliament through a letter that Dr Khupe no longer represented the party’s interests, hence decided to recall her from parliament.
The letter of Dr Khupe’s expulsion was read by the Acting Speaker of the National Assembly, Reuben Marumahoko.