THE MDC-T led by Thokozani Khupe Saturday declared it was now the country’s official opposition party and will henceforth be taking part in all regional and continental engagements on Zimbabwe’s behalf.
“We are happy to inform the nation and the party we are going to be lawfully participating in the programmes of the African Union as the official opposition party in Zimbabwe,” party secretary general Douglas Mwonzora told party loyalists during belated commemorations of the opposition’s 21st anniversary.
“Our first engagement is a workshop that is going to be held by the continental body on 29 September 2020.
“Allow me to thank Madam Khupe, the president for allowing me to represent the party on this workshop.
“We are happy to advise that we have been meeting both African and non-African diplomats in the country.
“So far, we have engaged diplomats from United States, Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Botswana, Malawi and South Africa briefing them on what is happening in this country.
“We are glad that these engagements were very fruitful and a huge success.”
He added, “Our party is slowly on the rise.”
Mwonzora also said preparations for the upcoming elective congress as directed by the Supreme Court earlier this year were on course after the delay by the Covid-19 national lockdown.
Mwonzora, Mudzuri and Komichi dumped Nelson Chamisa and joined Thokozani Khupe after Supreme Court ruled that Nelson Chamisa’s ascendancy was uncostitutional.
Said the politician, “The organising department has completed the finalisation of the data base for the congress delegates.
“On Wednesday next week, the national standing committee will receive a report and recommendations from our secretary for elections Mr Gadhi Mudzingwa. This will relate to the appointment of the independent electoral commission to run the congress elections, the dates and procedures of the nomination of candidates of this congress and the timeline to the actual congress.
“We appeal for discipline of party members as we go towards our congress.”
Meanwhile, the MDC-T said it has adopted the MDC Alliance brand with immediate effect and will use the name when nominating candidates for by-elections on October 9.
This was revealed by the MDC-T acting chairman Morgen Komichi on Saturday. He was speaking at the Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House, formerly Harvest House to mark the 21st anniversary of the original MDC.
The development did not come as a surprise as George Charamba, who is the Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet (Presidential Communications), in July hinted that the Khupe-led party will take over the MDC Alliance name.
Charamba made the stunning revelations on July 20th this year during an exchange with MDC Alliance secretary for elections Jacob Mafume.
Mafume had mocked ZANU PF and its leaders for allegedly trying to create a coalition government with Khupe’s MDC-T.
But Charamba, in typically abrasive fashion, hit back at Mafume, telling him that Khupe has taken over the opposition party and very soon, Chamisa will lose even the name of the party. Charamba retorted:
“Except you have no party while pretending to be in organized opposition!!! Khupe amhanya nechinhu!! (she is now in the driving seat). Very soon you will be interdicted from using MDC-Anything!!! Watch the space!!!”
United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean academic, Alex Magaisa, who has been urging the MDC Alliance to drop the “toxic” MDC brand and adopt a new name, said:
“What has just happened should not shock anyone who has been following the MDC saga. It was foreseeable and it was written. The most important question is the response, which should be ready. There has never been a better time to demonstrate that people do not vote for party names.”