BULAWAYO deputy mayor Gift Banda has defended councillors’ demands for a 450% hike in their allowances, saying the increase was necessary to cushion the city fathers against the current economic meltdown.
MDC-T vice-president Thokozani Khupe was briefly detained at Magunje Police Station on Sunday and quizzed over a party meeting, she had addressed earlier on at Murereshi and Chiedza townships in Hurungwe West.
OPPOSITION MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has thrown his weight behind beleaguered deputy Thokozani Khupe and accused unnamed bigwigs of trying to “destabilise the party leadership”.
MATOBO senator Sithembile Mlotshwa (MDC-T) has turned to music to encourage youths to refrain from having multiple partners after releasing a six-track album to coincide with her 50th birthday.
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.
TOP MDC-T officials who lost influential posts during the November congress are reportedly plotting to pass a vote of no confidence on deputy president Thokozani Khupe and replace her with the party’s national vice-chairman Morgan Komichi.
MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai and his deputy Thokozani Khupe yesterday failed to turn up at a Bulawayo provincial meeting amid reports that disgruntled party members had plotted to embarrass them.
FRESH cracks are set to rock the MDC-T Bulawayo province amid reports that members are pushing for the ouster of vice-president Thokozani Khupe, but the party is adamant that there is no leadership crisis.
FISSURES in the MDC-T worsened this week as the party withdrew the secretary for local government position from Matson Hlalo, whom it plans to expel from the party and withdraw from Parliament.
TWO MDC-T legislators and two councillors yesterday defected to the MDC-Renewal team, as the fallout over the handling of the Bulawayo provincial elections continues to deepen.