(Last Updated on January 29, 2021 by GERALD NCUBE)
HARARE – The MDC-T has refuted reports by some sections of the media that its leader, Douglas Mwonzora is set to recall more Councillors and Members of Parliament amid growing reports of another imminent purge.
In a statement, the party’s spokesperson Witness Dube said the reports were false, adding that the reporter had not approached the party for a comment to verify the claims.
“This is false reporting as the said reporter and the said media house never sought any comment from myself concerning that subject or any business of the party for that matter. President Mwonzora has stated it publicly that there shall be no further recalls by the party, and that positions subsits,” said Dube.
He said he was open to engagement with the media should there be any questions about the party’s position.
Mwonzora was elected MDC-T President in December 2020, defeating the former acting leader Thokozani Khupe during an extraordinary congress that was marred with violence and claims of voter fraud.
However, following the advice of their legal team, the disgruntled losing candidates, Khupe, Morgen Komichi and Elias Mudzuri did not pursue further means to challenge the outcome.
They were subsequently rewarded with top party positions as Mwonzora sought to unite a deeply divided party.
Recent reports have been claiming Khupe does not want to give up her position as “official” leader of opposition in Parliament, a position she occupied when she was the interim leader of the party.
Last year, following a controversial Supreme Court ruling which gave interim leadership of the MDC-T to Khupe, they (Khupe and Mwonzora) went on a massive recall exercise of legislators who remained loyal to the MDC-Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa.