TOP officials in the MDC camp led by Nelson Chamisa have dismissed reports that the camp led by Thokozani Khupe, Morgen Komichi and Douglas Mwonzora has seized control of the headquarters in Harare CBD.
MDC chairperson in the Chamisa camp, Thabitha Khumalo, told Voice of America that it is “cheap propaganda” to say Mwonzora had taken over the headquarters.
Khumalo also dismissed reports in the state-controlled Herald newspaper that Mwonzora and his friends had locked up the building and are now in control of the Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House.
“… That is nonsense, there is nothing like that. The Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House still belongs to president Nelson Chamisa and the MDC Alliance.
“It’s business as usual. The enemy is being defeated and getting desperate everyday. Let’s remain strong.”
Mwonzora allegedly told the Herald newspaper that he is now in control of the MDC headquarters following a Supreme Court order that declared Chamisa an illegitimate leader of the MDC.
Voice of America reports that Mwonzora was not responding to calls on his mobile phone.
The MDC Alliance claims that the Supreme Court ruling is being backed by the ruling Zanu PF party as Chamisa has refused to recognize President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election in 2018. The court ordered the MDC to conduct fresh internal elections based on old party structures. Mwonzora allegedly backs the Thokozani Khupe group, which claims that she was supposed to be the president of the MDC-T after the death of Morgan Tsvangirai in 2018.
Chamisa claims that he beat Mnangagwa in the 2018 presidential election. The Electoral Court ruled that Mnangagwa won the poll.