Chamisa Loses Grip on Party Presidency?

Zimbabwe Main Opposition President Nelson Chamisa.

Harare: The Supreme Court of Zimbabwe has declared Thokozani Khupe the legitimate leader of the country’s main opposition party Movement for Democratic Change – a move which has potential to shake Nelson Chamisa off the clutches of political power.

Vice Presidents of the MDC Alliance Tendai Biti has downplayed the ruling maintaining that his party is unmoved and remains resolute.

“My position is that we as MDC A held our Congress in May 2019. @nelsonchamisa is our President and our next Congress is in 2023. Full stop”, Biti emphasised during a press briefing.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police barred Tendai Biti from holding his presser at the party headquarters after heavily armed officers barricaded the Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House.

Biti added that The MDC Alliance will resort to legal means to protect itself and will even hold peaceful demonstrations.

Biti accused the ruling Zanu-PF of trying to influence opposition politics through the courts.

The content & timing (in the midst of the #Coronavirus lockdown) of the judgment handed down this afternoon by the #Zimbabwe Supreme Court speaks volumes about the nature of our judiciary at present. Whatever the case Judges do not make leaders; the court of public opinion does,” MDC Alliance Treasure David Coltart said in a tweet.

The judgment sought to settles the leadership wrangle between Chamisa and Khupe.

Khupe has been accused of weakening Zimbabwe opposition politics through her close association with the ruling Zanu-PF and consequently getting favours from President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration.