The Thokozani Khupe led MDC faction is doing some serious house cleaning by purging all the members from the Chamisa led faction.
The latest to feel the effects of the political broom are Harare mayor Herbert Gomba and five councillors who were shown the door. The party’s secretary general Douglas Mwonzora wrote a letter addressed to the Minister of Local Government and Public Works
Mwonzora explained that he derived the authority to recall the councillors by invoking the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe judgement in SC 56/20.
According to the judgment passed by the Supreme Court in March, Nelson Chamisa was ruled as an illegitimate MDC-T president and Thokozani Khupe who was vice president to Tsvangirai before his passing, was ruled as the rightful president.
At the moment, Khupe is serving as an interim president after the court ruled that the party should revert to its 2014 structures.
The recalled councillors are
Gomba, Ward 27, Hammy Madzingira, Ward 10, Kudzai Kadzombe, Ward 41, Gaudencia Marere, Ward 32, Costa Mande, Ward 24, and Happymore Gotora, Ward 7.
With their latest moves, the Khupe faction continues to dismantle the Chamisa system by targeting its strongholds.
In a way it can be viewed as a strategic move as opposed to a purely political one.
With MDC-T Khupe holding the reins, it is imperative that they form as many alliances as they can within the party but at the same time purge the people who would prove to be the most problematic for their plans to consolidate power.
By purging the Chamisa loyalists, the Khupe faction stands to make way for its own people who represent it’s interests, although the court ruled that the recalled MPs can not be replaced. To them, it seems trimming and cutting off the vine branches and burning them is the way to go.