HARARE – A women’s rights activist Beulah has condemned the violence on former MDC-T leader Thokozani Khupe which took place on Sunday at the flawed extraordinary congress in the capital.
The elective congress saw Douglas Mwonzora winning the election with 883 votes against 118 for Khupe with Elias Mudzuri coming a distant third at 14 votes followed by Morgen Komichi who managed just 9 votes.
The congress was not done without controversy over the mysterious voters roll which was disputed by Thokozani Khupe before she went to the podium to announce the cancellation of the congress and suspension of Mwonzora.
It is this stance which ignited fury among the delegates at the HICC who spew all sorts of explicit words at Khupe as she stormed out of the auditorium before receiving the ‘slap of her life’ from an unidentified person.
MDC-T President-elect Douglas Mwonzora however remained adamant that the extraordinary congress was credible and hopes to work with the losing candidates going forward.
“When everybody has cooled down we will come together as members of one family, I want to make it clear that the three leaders are part of my leadership plan,” he said.
“I have tremendous respect for Doctor Thokozani Khupe, Mudzuri and Komichi for the work that they have for the party during the late Morgan Tsvangirai’s tenure and after.”
“This was a contest and not a fight. The fact that we were in the same race; the fact that one succeeded over the others does not make us any better MDC-T members than others.”
It remains to be seen whether Khupe will swallow her pride and accept to work with Mwonzora or the movement will head to another split.