I am ready to meet Chamisa – Khupe

by Sunday News Online | Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 | 12079 views
Dr Thokozani Khupe

Dr Thokozani Khupe

Vincent Gono, Features Editor
MDC-T presidential claimant and co-vice-president Dr Thokozani Khupe said she is ready to meet her rival to the throne, Advocate Nelson Chamisa to find common ground while a senior official warned that if the beleagured party did not arrest incidents of violence and use of tribalism to rise to positions they risk losing all the seats in Matabeleland in the forthcoming elections.

Dr Khupe rubbished the meeting called by Adv Chamisa on Friday allegedly to endorse him saying such meetings were purely consultative and do not make decisions that were binding.

She, however, hinted that it was too early for people to start touting for another split as she was pursuing internal remedies that she felt were not being reciprocated by enough commitment from the other party members.

In an interview yesterday, her personal assistant Mr Witness Dube said the co-vice president was eager to have a meeting with Adv Chamisa to discuss sticking issues with a view of finding each other before decisions were taken on the way forward.

He stressed the need for her safety to be guaranteed and for a venue to be considered, ruling out Harvest House (the party’s headquarters) saying it had become the pot from where violence against perceived and imagined political enemies was brewed.

“The possibility is there that the two may find common ground. They are not enemies but there are disagreements in terms of principles and values of the party that have to be ironed out. Dr Khupe is therefore pursuing internal remedies which include meeting with Adv Chamisa to find common ground. Let’s not rule out the prospects of them finding each other because what unites them is stronger than what separates them. The feeling is that the power grab that happened following the death of Mr Tsvangirai complicated things in the party and those are the things that will be up for discussion if the meeting succeeds,” said Mr Dube.

He added that it was wrong for anyone in the party to insinuate that Dr Khupe last attended party meetings eight months ago as it was not factual.

“Dr Khupe has been attending meetings. She even went to Adv Chamisa’s Chambers on 13 February a day before the president died. There is a difference between alliance meetings and party meetings.

“She has been quite consistent in her stance on the political alliance. She has unequivocally said she sees no value in it but strategic faults and president Tsvangirai had said he would want to hear her out but unfortunately he passed on before they resolved the alliance impasse and that was why she had approached Adv Chamisa,” said Mr Dube.

A senior party member in a seperate interview on Friday said Zimbabweans should not take lightly the Buhera incident where a group of MDC-T youths calling themselves the Vanguard attacked Dr Khupe, secretary-general Mr Douglas Mwonzora and organising secretary Mr Abednigo Bhebhe.

The youths also wanted to set fire to the hut that the trio had sought refuge in.

“It is unfortunate that Chamisa supporters are using systematic intimidation to harass fellow party members. I was pained to learn that during the attack on Dr Khupe there were a lot of tribal undertones. It is very primitive to use ethnicity to win positions. Look just across the Limpopo River, Cyril Ramaphosa is now President of South Africa despite the fact that he is from the so-called minority Venda tribe while in Rwanda Paul Kagame despite coming from another so-called minority Tutsi is the President and has done well.

“It is time for Zimbabweans to discard leaders who want to rise to power through archaic ways such as tribalism,” said the official.

The official claimed by harassing Dr Khupe, structures in Matabeleland provinces were angry and envisaged a situation where it would be difficult for Mr Chamisa to hold meetings in the region.

 

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  • Ndaba

    The truth be said Khupe needs Chamisa as much as he needs her. Matebeleland alone cannot unseat Mnangagwa. Chamisa can win other urban seats in Mashonaland but that again will not be enough to win him office. Khupe and Chamisa are better working together than apart. They must find a common ground.

    • TJINGABABILI

      I CONCUR!

      • Moyo

        Someone is trying to draw a dangerous tribal card here and it won’t work. Who said MDC-T supporters in Matabeleland are members of the party because of Khupe.

        • Bulawayo born

          With Mugabe gone i see people of Matebeleland voting for zanu

        • TJINGABABILI

          WHERE DO YOU DRAW THE CONCLUSION FROM YOUR LAST LAST SENTENCE? I CONCUR WITH NDABAs COMMENT NOT THE AUTHOR OF THE ARTICLE!!!!!!!

  • TJINGABABILI

    MY SUGGESTION TO TK REMAIN AS DEPUTY PRESIDENT. AND COME CONGRESS WE GET RID OF THE CONCEPT OF 3 SO CALLED VPs AND HAVE ONLY 1 VP! ZANUPF HAS 2 FOR HISTORICAL REASONS! WHEN MT DECIDED TO HAVE 3 THAT IS WHEN SOME OF REALISED YES INDEED HE NOT WELL! TO THE ALLIANCE I SAY, LET US HOLD PRIMARIES INSTEAD OF ALLOCATING SEATS. THAT IS DEMOCRACY. AS LONG CANDIDATES COME FROM THESE CONSTITUENCIES! VOTERS KNOW WHO CAN BEST SERVE THEM. OTHER THE SO CALLED PARTY LEADER IS RESIGNING AS PER HIS PROMISE. REASON MDCT IS LOSING ELECTIONS THIS YEAR AGAIN! TAKE MY ADVICE SERIOUSLY.

  • MSAKANDA

    Please deal with this problem we don’t want your noise to disturb our elections. Mnangagwa will win these elections and we want ZANU PF to win while your house is in order

    • Zootopia Kakara Kununa

      Free and fair elections will never be won by Zanu PF …i don’t remember the last time they did.

      • MSAKANDA

        This is the time, because what we thought we will get from Tsvangirai is being delivered by Mnangagwa Hallelujah. I don’t see Chamisa delivering anything since he has already shown that MDC belongs to him not the people. Look at ZANU now it belongs to the people

        • Changamire Dombo

          I heartily say amen to that!!!!

        • Zootopia Kakara Kununa

          Ask Mugabe he will tell you the real characteristics of the junta

  • patriot

    Khupe has no support what so ever. It is the Morgan Tsvangirai brand that people voted for. If she and her hangers on think they have the support then they should form their own party.

    • MSAKANDA

      The party never belonged to Tsvangirai nor Khupe or Chamisa.We struggled as people: Some were beaten some killed in the name of MDC. We did not know Chamisa we only new Sibanda and Tsvangirai. where did this Chamisa come from to cause confusion when did he join the party?

  • GWEREZA

    This Thokozani Khuphe thinks having been Tswangirai’s side kick automatically guaranteed her taking over from him. Zimbabwean women should stop thinking that power can be transmitted sexually as Jabu said. It appears that having tasted power during the GNU , the lady can’t afford to think of herself as an ordinary Mp, Mdc member or Citizen of Zimbabwe.I feel pity for the man in this woman’s life as she talks a lot of rubbish – too much. The nights might be too long with such a woman at home . She is too self centred and too loud. One wonders where she got those characteristics. No wonder the likes of Thabitha Khumalo will out smart her. Jikama or dzikama mama maKhuphe. Unjani nguthathekile imota …….

  • Cee7

    The people are true to say that Khupe is a tribalist who thinks that she owns all people in matabeleland just because she is ndebele. She refused to join the alliance because she is power hungry and is never after democracy. She must bark and form her own party and see what comes out of it. We ndebele speaking people want zanu pf to through alliance. Chamisa has qualities to lead alliance because Khupe does not have a national but regional appeal. Seniority is nothing alone without natural leadership abilities

  • Changamire Dombo

    Mam’Khupe must remain resolute and principled. What has changed ? Why must she entertain these violent, unashamed and uncultured power-grabbers ?

    • Zootopia Kakara Kununa

      Heard of the 5th column before. I support MDC T and have seen enemies infiltrating the party to the top level…looks like we are slow learners

  • Major Musango

    You are a ZANU PF puppet maKhupe

  • Malume Makhovula

    gud muv GOGO….we salute such but next time do not use such papers as this one to air your views or else they misquote you ………or they use your words in their rallies