THE Nelson Chamisa-led MDC, which has been hit by splits every few years since its formation twenty years ago, says it is open to reconcile with rival Thokozani Khupe who leads the MDC-T.
This was revealed by party leader Nelson Chamisa, who recently was given a fresh mandate at the Gweru Congress.
“All our comrades who had left are already back in the fold and we are happy that the MDC is back to its original form, if not better.
“You can tell by the momentum in the country, the mood in the country that the party has reclaimed its mojo, the party is on the rise and the party is getting bigger and stronger, better if not best.
“We are so excited and we will continue, if there are any other members who are willing to come to the party who were there originally (they are welcome) but most of them are now back,” Chamisa has said, in an interview with national weekly the Standard.
But Chamisa has a catch: they have to “amend their ways,” he says. He refers to Khupe as one of the three expelled party officials who must mend their ways for them to be readmitted back into the MDC family.
“First of all, there was no breakaway (of the MDC). We had three individuals who were expelled from the party and whom I understand have gone to form their own political party, which is represented in Parliament.
“The gates and doors are open for all democrats, all Zimbabweans. MDC is an excellent home to all progressive and democratic players in the country and that is why you see that we have our big tent philosophy, which is about embracing all to this great family of democrats.
Chamisa added: “We are ready to receive them as and when they have seen the light and of course as and when they realise the necessity of compounding our issues.
“They obviously have to amend their ways in terms of disrespecting organs and institutions of the party.”
Thokozani Khupe, a former MDC-T vice president under the late Morgan Tsvangirai, left the party in protest over the manner Chamisa rose to the top post following the death of Tsvangirai on 14 February 2018.
Other high-ranking officials who left the party at the same time are former chairman Lovemore Moyo, Abednico Bhebhe and Obert Gutu, who is now MDC-T vice president under Khupe.
In the meantime, the legal battle between Chamisa and Khupe will continue in the courts where the latter seeks to implement a High Court ruling which could see her reclaiming the party headquarters, funds from the Political Parties (Finance Act), among other party assets.
But that is a fight for another day, and which could go either way…