(Last Updated on December 29, 2020 by GERALD NCUBE)
HARARE – MDC-T says it has nullified the results of the recently held extraordinary congress while adding that defeated Thokozani Khupe is still the party’s acting President.
This was confirmed by the party spokesperson, Khaliphani Phugeni while addressing the media today in Harare following a virtual meeting by the National Council after the chaotic and violent EOC held on Sunday.
Phugeni said the party was denouncing the resolution that has been circulating which was made during the EOC while reading out the resolution of the meeting by the party’s National Council.
“The National Council met yesterday, it reiterates its adherence to the founding values and principles of constitutionalism, transparency, democracy, accountability, fairness and non-discrimination among others. It condemns the increasingly ill-discipline exhibited by some members of the party and is calling upon all to moderate behaviour which is in conformity with the founding values and principles of the party
“The National Council notes with disdain the deviant behaviour by some of our top leadership in the run-up and during the extraordinary congress. Condemns with contempt the type of behaviour aforesaid of sabotaging the party through the creation of fraudulent voters roll, embezzlement of party funds as well as organising and coordinating violence targeted at other candidates in the EOC,” said Phugeni.
He also said the meeting had resolved to endorse the move by Khupe to suspend the EOC.
“The national council endorses and upholds the move made by the acting president to suspend the EOC since it became clear with the violence, the manipulation of the voter’s roll that it is not possible to hold a free and fair process which was envisioned by the court when it ordered that EOC.
“The National Council appreciates that whereas the party was ordered to hold an EOC, it wasn’t a gathering of people just gathering to vote. An EOC is properly described in our constitution and there is set standards that are supposed to be met and that day it really fell short of those standards,” he added.
MDC-T spokesperson also revealed that the legal team led by Professor Lovemore Madhuku will advise on the legal position the party should take which will soon be announced.
He further said Khupe was still in control of the party regardless of the dispute.
Khupe together with Elias Mudzuri and Morgen Komichi walked out of the contests citing massive voter fraud which left Douglas Mwonzora as the sole candidate on the night.
Mwonzora was subsequently declared the winner despite his ‘expulsion’ by Khupe in the middle of the voting process.