A senior member of the MDC-T, Tarisai Chikuvanganga, from Chakari Constituency has written a letter to party president Thokozani Khupe warning her against embracing MDC Alliance rebels Morgen Komichi and Douglas Mwonzora.
In the letter, Chikuvanganga explains to Khupe that MDC-T and the MDC Alliance are distinct political parties, hence, the former should go ahead with its extraordinary congress without members of the latter.
We present the letter in full:
This letter is a supplement to my letter dated 7 April 2020 which I sent to you via email on the same day. I have realized that my letter attracted a lot of interest amongst our party members and members of the media most who wanted to know my view on the status of the MDC Alliance and that has necessitated this letter as a supplement.
I have seen that some people who want to benefit from both the MDC Alliance and the MDC-T are now denying the fact that the MDC Alliance is a political party separate from the MDC-T.
It is my considered view that the issue of whether the MDC Alliance is a political party separate from the MDC-T or not was already decided by a competent court of jurisdiction having come before the Constitutional Court in Case No CCZ 42/18, a matter between Nelson Chamisa versus Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa & 24 others including yourself.
You will recall from that case that the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Justice Priscilla Makanyara Chigumba who was the named 24th Respondent in that case deposed to an affidavit in opposition of that Presidential petition.
A thorough look of that opposing affidavit especially in paragraphs 20,4 and 47,5 will show that the Chairperson of ZEC while under oath acknowledged the MDC Alliance as a political party separate to the MDC-T.
If you also look at paragraph 94 (c) of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s opposing affidavit, in that case, he clearly acknowledged the MDC Alliance as a political party separate to the MDC-T.
Having said that, a closer look of the full judgment of that Presidential Election petition at page 119 will show that the Constitutional Court which is the most superior Court in Zimbabwe composed of 9 Judges including Justice Garwe and Justice Patel who were on the panel of the recent Supreme Court case acknowledged the MDC Alliance as a political party separate to the MDC-T.
Now that the Constitutional Court which is the most superior court in Zimbabwe whose decisions bind every person and institution has already acknowledged the MDC Alliance as a political party, it is contemptuous for Douglas Mwonzora, Morgan Komichi or anyone to say that the MDC Alliance is not a political party.
It is not wise for us as a party to support the notion that the MDC Alliance is not a political party when the Constitutional Court, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and President Mnangagwa acknowledged them as a political party in a case in which you were a party.
This will amount to an attack to the same Judges who reinstated you as the Acting President of the MDC-T.
Apart from acknowledging the MDC Alliance as a political party in the affidavit, I mentioned above, President Mnangagwa through his Chief Secretary Dr Misheck Sibanda wrote a letter to you and Advocate Chamisa inviting you to the initial dialogue at the State House.
The letter that he sent to Advocate Nelson Chamisa was clearly addressed to him as the President of the MDC Alliance while the one that was sent to you was addressed to you as the President of the MDC-T.
That is abundant evidence to show that the Constitutional Court, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and President Mnangagwa recognize the MDC Alliance as a political party separate to the MDC-T.
Let us not be used by people who abandoned our party and campaigned against you and they now want us to divert our attention by indirectly fighting ZEC, the Constitutional Court and President Mnangagwa by saying that the MDC Alliance is not a political party when it is a political party.
The best for us is to move to our Extra-Ordinary Congress as MDC-T and make it clear that those that had moved to the MDC Alliance were automatically expelled from the MDC-T and if they want to come back they should re-apply and wait for 5 years in order to qualify for any post.