ZIMBABWE – MDC-T leader, Thokozani Khupe who dismally lost the 2018 elections as a Presidential candidate has found her way back into Parliament as a member of parliament.
Khupe, Khalipani Phugeni and their allies were today sworn in to Parliament to replace some of the recalled MDC-Alliance legislators.
Other members who were sworn in are Yvonne Musarurwa, Lwazi Sibanda, January Sawuke, Lindani Moyo, Memory Munochinzwa and Sipho Makone.
While other Senators who joined Phugeni are Tamani Moyo, Molly Ndlovu, Gertrude Moyo, Piniel Denga, Chief Ndlovu, Teti Chisorochengwe and Nomalanga Khumalo.
More than 30 legislators belonging to MDC-Alliance have been recalled so far while 165 councillors countrywide have been victims of the purge.
She has been using a controversial Supreme Court ruling that gave her interim leadership of the MDC-T and that an extraordinary congress be held to solve the leadership questions within the party.
However tthe congress was not held within the timeline given until an extension was recently given.
An urgent court application by one Charles Madhiwa seeking to bar the swearing in that had been scheduled for today.
Madhiwa was arguing that Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and it’s Chairperson, Chigumba acted unlawfully by seeking to appoint people who have been nominated by another party which is not the one that held those seats.
The application highlights that ZEC had in 2018 announced that those seats had been won by MDC-Alliance which was a different political party itself.
Khupe will assume the position of official opposition leader, a post that Nelson Chamisa refused to take up following the disputed elections which took the Consitutional Court to declare President Mnangagwa as the winner.