Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) led by Advocate Nelson Chamisa say the recent High Court ruling in favour of Dr. Thokozani Khupe’s faction changes nothing, as the MDC Alliance presidential hopeful is continuing with his well-attended rallies.
In a statement released to the press, MDC-T presidential spokesperson and director of communications Luke Tamborinyoka said Dr. Khupe’s faction may continue to abuse the party’s logo, symbols and trademark, but it does not change the reality on the ground.
“The High Court judgement by Justice Francis Bere may have allowed expelled members of the MDC-T to continue abusing the party’s trademark, logo, name and symbols, but it does not in any way change the political reality on the ground.
“The political reality is that Dr. Khupe and her cabal remain expelled from the party and recalled from Parliament by the legitimate organs of the party and that the party continues to be on the roll.
“The massive turnout at President Nelson Chamisa’s rallies is a testimony to that fact and the political reality obtaining on the ground,” said Tamborinyoka.
He revealed that in the court public opinion, citizens are clear that the MDC-T and MDC Alliance are the only games in town and the party will do everything in its power to stop the abuse of the name.
He said, “As for Justice Bere’s judgement, we believe it is political, controversial, appealable and contestable. In the court of public opinion, Zimbabweans are clear that the MDC-T and the MDC Alliance are the only games in town.
“The party will do all in its power to stop the abuse of its name, logo, trademark and symbols in line with the resolution of the party’s national council.
“On the ground, president Chamisa is continuing with his huge, popular and well-attended rallies in the country’s rural areas,” he added.
The MDC-T’s power struggle commenced after the death of its founding father Dr. Morgan Tsvangirai, leading to fragmentation of the party with each faction claiming to be legitimate.
MDC-T led by advocate Chamisa recently recalled Dr. Khupe from parliament, a decision which she is also contesting in the courts of law and being represented by legal guru Dr. Lovemore Madhuku.
Dr. Khupe held a Congress a few weeks back, which elected her to the party’s presidency being deputized by former MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu, instigating discord in the country’s biggest political party.