Khupe’s political career in limbo


MDC-T vice-president Thokozani Khupe’s political life now hangs by a thread after the MDC Veterans Activists Association (MDC VAA), a grouping of founding members of the opposition party, joined the campaign for her ouster on allegations of fuelling factionalism in Bulawayo.


The MDC VAA also accuses Khupe of imposing her preferred candidates for top party posts in the city and fuelling tribalism.

Thokozani Khupe

Khupe, who is on record denying the charges, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Of late, Khupe has been under attack from various party organs which accused her of attempting to usurp power from MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai, particularly after the latter refused to budge on his decision to boycott the June 10 by-elections.

Reports said Khupe and some MDC-T top officials wanted the party to contest the by-elections and retain the seats which fell vacant after the opposition recalled its 21 legislators who defected and formed the MDC-Renewal Team.

Khupe’s rivals accused her of imposing Gift Banda as deputy provincial chairperson. However, Banda’s election was later reversed by the High Court which cited electoral irregularities and called for a rerun.

In a statement yesterday, MDC VAA provincial chairperson Isaac Mpofu said: “We condemn Khupe’s system of imposing strangers into the party and the parachuting of the same to influential positions, without regard to the stipulations of the party constitution.

“This behaviour and practice deserves condemnation in light of imposition of people . . . who have proven to be disloyal to the party. Gorden Moyo is a case in point,” Mpofu said.

Moyo was MDC-T Bulawayo provincial chairperson and Makokoba legislator before he crossed the floor to join the MDC-Renewal Team.

His election to the post was marred by vote-rigging allegations and violence, with opponents accusing Khupe of fuelling the chaos.


  1. So, what is your difference with ZANU PF? You are now going to ouster a woman with so much potential on such lame accusations just like ZANU PF ousted Mai Mujuru. So much for your politics of cgange, nxa!

  2. This is where liberating people comes important. You want to go to parliament and continue earning money and receiving cheap cars because the politics party here is not being taken care of. Boycott parliament and have nothing to do with the current administration – get the world to know that something is wrong out there in Zim – to that effect you will have spoken on behalf of the people. Anywhere, I have never fancied Khupe as a politician but more of an opportunist and a clueless one – may be the bottom power?

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