Thokozani Khupe, who lost to Douglas Mwonzora on Sunday has maintained she is the party’s acting president and Mwonzora is suspended, the Daily News reports.
While speaking to the publication after the chaotic congress on Sunday Khupe said she will hold a standing committee meeting to map the way forward:
I suspended Mwonzora. That so-called extra-ordinary congress was a non-event. I am still the acting president of the party. We are going to have our national council and map the way forward.
The voters’ roll was changed. I wanted the party to have a free and fair election. I said after a few provinces voted that the election is a non-event.
Our agents were being thrown out. They were being intimidated. The (Mwonzora) thugs were harassing everyone and it was not an election.
All this was pre-planned to rig elections. Mwonzora remains suspended as the party is investigating his conduct.
However legal experts including Khupe’s former ally Obert Gutu have said for the outcome of the elections to be overturned Khupe will have to approach the courts. Gutu said:
In terms of the MDC constitution, the moment you enter into a contest you are no longer the holder of your position. The election has to be by secret vote conducted by an independent electoral board appointed by the party to prepare and run the election, it is the duty of the electoral board to ensure that they have a legitimate voters’ roll that is agreed on by all candidates.
Khupe yesterday held a standing committee meeting that resolved to fire Mwonzora from the party.
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