Khupe recalls more senators aligned to Chamisa
In a not so surprising development, Thokozani Khupe has recalled more senators from Nelson Chamisa’s MDC Alliance. Khupe who leads MDC-T, recalled the senators on the basis that they no longer represented the party’s interests.
The recall follows online reports that Khupe would recall more MDC Alliance Senators from the House of Senate.
At the same time the MDC Alliance tried to appoint a new leader of the opposition in parliament and a new chief whip.
The National Assembly sat last week, then adjourned until 7 July. The Senate resumed sitting today.
Before the recalling of the eight senators today, Khupe had recalled a total of 13 MPs and Senators whilst some had switched sides.
The latest senators to be recalled are; H Zivira, P. Ndlovu, S. Ncube, K Chabuda, Herbert Sinampande, Meliwe Phuti, Muzodza, and Gideon Shoko.
Khupe started recalling legislators and senators who stood for election under the MDC Alliance banner after a Supreme Court recently recognised her as the bonafide MDC-T interim leader following the death of party founder Morgan Tsvangirai in February 2018.
The court also declared Nelson Chamisa, who now leads MDC Alliance, as illegitimate MDC-T leader.
Although the court noted that the ruling was moot since it had been overtaken by events, it nonetheless ordered Khupe to hold an extraordinary congress to resolve the MDC-T leadership wrangle.
The courts also ruled that Chamisa’s MDC Alliance did not exist as a political party, leaving the party’s legislators at the mercy of Khupe and her allies.
Khupe’s MDC-T party failed to win a single seat in the 2018 elections.
MDC Alliance supporters accuse President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government of meddling in the party’s affairs and of using the courts to force Chamisa to accept Mnangagwa as the legitimately elected president.