MDC-T leader Thokozani Khupe has taken over Morgan Tsvangirai House, formerly called Harvest House, after a day of high drama in Zimbabwe’s capital.
MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora, through a letter to the party’s provincial structures, confirmed the takeover of Morgan Tsvangirai House, adding it had been successful after Nelson Chamisa “cooperated“.
“The party wishes to advise that the following communication sent by the acting president Dr. T. Khupe to Advocate N. Chamisa, the latter has today through party officials allowed for a peaceful handover takeover of control of the Morgan Tsvangirai House,” reads the letter gleaned by Zim Morning Post.
“We are grateful for the display of cooperation. Henceforth, all meetings will be held at Morgan Tsvangirai House,” Mwonzora adds.
This comes as the battle for control of Zimbabwe’s main opposition party reached a crescendo with heavy presence of soldiers and police on Wednesday ordering the removal of cars belonging to the Nelson Chamisa led faction.
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Insiders say Khupe will start operating from Morgan Tsvangirai House on Monday.
The event have been sparked by the Supreme Court ruling in March which effectively stripped Chamisa of his claim over the main faction of the MDC.
The Supreme Court ruled that Khupe was the legitimate leader of the MDC-T at the time of the death of founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai and ordered her to hold an extraordinary congress to elect Tsvangirai’s successor within three months.
Since then some members of Parliament belonging to MDC-Alliance have been recalled.
Limping Chamisa’s hold on power is set to be further weakened after MDC-T secretary general Douglas Mwonzora on Thursday told Zim Morning Post that the MDC-T will soon recall 12 legislators who sit in the national executive council.
“We counted about 12 people who are being accused of duplicity. They cannot be our legislators and continue to attend the national executive council meeting of the other party,” Mwonzora said.
MDC-T has since recalled MPs Charlton Hwende, Thabita Khumalo, Prosper Mutseyami and Senator Lilian Timveous.
The MDC Alliance MPs challenged their expulsion from Parliament, arguing that Khupe’s recall was a legal nullity as they were not elected on an MDC-T ticket.
The High Court ruled that it could not hear the case as MDC-Alliance had no legal standing to bring the suit to court.