Former MDC-T deputy president Thokozani Khupe has been accused of imposing herself as presidential candidate for her faction ahead of the faction’s extraordinary congress tomorrow.
MDC-T youth leader, Happymore Chidziva said while the party was not worried about a congress called by Khupe to install herself leader, she had exposed herself as a power-hungry person.
“She has called for an extraordinary congress for her party yet she has already been declared 2018 presidential candidate, further she has branded cars showing she is a presidential candidate, so why then is she going to congress. It shows you that her claims to constitutionalism are fake, this is just a cry for power,” he said.
Chidziva alleged the MDC-T was aware of a grand plan by Khupe to sponsor negative news against MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa.
“The people, like our former spokesperson, who used to accuse the State media of peddling falsehoods have all of a sudden become the darling of these institutions lying through their teeth. It shows you it’s not about the people, but love for power. We are, however, unmoved as we continue working for the people,” Chidziva said.
Obert Gutu, who was fired from MDC-T and is reportedly eyeing to be Khupe’s deputy, has also indicated that his boss will be the presidential candidate.
Images of branded vehicles inscribed Vote Dr Khupe 2018 are circulating on social media.
Khupe’s personal assistant, Witness Dube, however, defended his boss, saying the campaign materials were for the congress.
“The campaign we are ready for Dr Khupe is for congress and not for the national elections. The position of party president is open and anyone can contest that is democracy,” he said. Just a few weeks before the extraordinary congress, Dube said nominations for the positions were not yet open although he said Khupe was already openly campaigning for the presidency.