Mwonzora threatens to ban Khupe from using party name and symbols


BY BLESSED MHLANGA
MDC-T OPPOSITION leader Douglas Mwonzora yesterday threatened to file a legal petition to ban his former deputy Thokozani Khupe from using the MDC name and symbols following their recent fallout.

Mwonzora said the MDC-T national executive had recommended Khupe’s dismissal after the latter claimed two weeks ago that the party had split into two factions.

“According to her, she is now the president of a political party. We do not know what this political party will be called, but it is certainly not the MDC. Therefore, Dr Khupe will not be allowed to use our name, symbol and party insignia,” said Mwonzora, who on Thursday received $150 million from the government under the Political Parties (Finance) Act. ) to oil the party’s campaigns for the March 26 in-election.

“The national executive totally rejected the declaration of split. None of the Members of Parliament followed her or expressed their solidarity with her. The provinces have rejected calls to split the party,” he added.

Mwonzora, who claimed to have the numbers and control of party structures, however could not explain how some candidates who had been selected by his party dumped him at the nominating court on Wednesday.

“We are happy to tell the National Assembly that we succeeded in presenting 90% of the candidates. In the local elections, we were able to present 77% of the candidates. We also had people who had submitted their papers, but they didn’t respond,” he said.

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