Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has issued a warning to President Emmerson Mnangagwa whom he said has “crossed the line” following the arrest of his two deputies Lynnete Karenyi Kore and Tendai Biti.
Khupe and Chamisa are engaged in a nasty fight for the heart and soul of the opposition MDC party that was formed in 1999.
Reports said Khupe assumed control of the Morgan Richard Tsvangirai (MRT) house, the party headquarters with the assistance of security details on Thursday night, attracting condemnation from the United States Embassy in Harare.
“We are dismayed by the politicised use of security forces to take over the headquarters of an opposition party and arrest its members. A health democracy requires healthy opposition parties,” the US Embassy in Harare said.
On Friday, Karenyi and Biti, a former Finance minister and 6 others were arrested after they visited the party headquarters to seek the eviction of Khupe and her supporters.
They have not yet been charged.
Their arrest is likely to stoke already boiling political temperatures in a country facing its worst humanitarian and economic crisis with inflation nearing 900%.
“President Chamisa just left the MRT building and says that the region has drawn a line in the sand with their latest shenanigans against democracy and the people,” Chamisa’s spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda said.
All has not been well in the MDC since the death of its founding president Morgan Tsvangirai in February 2018.
Chamisa, a former ICT minister, was to assume leadership of the party after Tsvangirai’s death but Khupe protested and approached the courts for recourse, screaming that she is the apparent heir.
The Supreme Court declared Chamisa an illegitimate party president paving the way for the fight for the party offices.
Chamisa came close to beating President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the 2018 presidential polls, and to today cries that he was cheated of an outright victory.
He stood on an MDC Alliance ticket, a loose coalition of opposition parties.