Following the High Court ruling on Wednesday this week which nullified the opposition MDC leader Nelson Chamisa as the legitimate President among other party processes post 2014 congress, the development has seen a splinter group leader Dr Thokozani Khupe pleading for a dialogue to chart a new direction for the opposition.
Khupe who is over the moon said judge Edith Mushore ruling has given her the powers to take charge of the main opposition party in the country.
Briefing the press in the capital today, Khupe appreciated the High court ruling saying it gives her a huge responsibility as it remains to be seen what would her next step in leading the party to an elective congress using 2014 structures as ordered by the court.
“I accept and appreciate the judgement and I stand guided by the court order. The judgement has placed me back as the leader of MDC-T. I therefore accept the huge responsibility that it places on me,” Khupe said.
Khupe said it is however incumbent to all parties mentioned in the court ruling to put all heads on the deck for the purposes of mapping the way forward.
“There is therefore an urgent need for dialogue between all parties mentioned in this court order including the applicant on how we can implement it. To achieve this we have instructed our legal counsel to engage the other party’s lawyer so that we can dialogue and together map a way forward,” she said.
The court ruling ordered the labour backed movement to put its house in order using the 2014 structures nullifying party founding father the late Dr Richard Morgan Tsvangirai’s appointment of Nelson Chamisa and Engineer Elias Mudzuri in 2016 as second and third deputies.
Meanwhile, party insiders have raised fingers at the embattled secretary General Douglas Mwonzora who they suspect is behind the court ruling after his plans to contest party presidency went up in smoke receiving only one nomination to retain his current position.
The MDC has vowed to proceed with its elective congress which is scheduled for May end in Gweru where Chamisa awaits formal inauguration as party leader after receiving absolute nominations.