Trouble brews over Khuphe election

Loughty Dube


THE Bulawayo provincial ex-ecutive of the opposition MDC anti-senate faction faces a vote of no confidence from the party’s districts over the nomination of candidates for the party’s vice-presidency position that was ultimately won by Makokoba me

mber of parliament, Thokozani Khuphe, the Zimbabwe Independent has gathered.

Simmering discontent is brewing in the province after party members questioned the removal of national executive member Getrude Mthombeni’s name from the vice-presidency list forwarded by the districts to the province.

The party’s district members are compiling names for a petition that will be forwarded to the national chairman, Isaac Matongo, recommending the disbanding of the Bulawayo executive committee.

Sources said the party’s supporters want the Agnes Mloyi-led executive to be disbanded for disregarding the province’s resolutions.

However, pro-senate spokesperson for Bulawayo province, Paul Themba Ndlovu, said he was aware of the moves by some of the party members but said the whole action was unprocedural.

“Nominations for party positions are done by the people and we take the candidates to the people for endorsement after vetting whether they are capable of taking up the positions,” Ndlovu said.

However, party sources insisted that Mthombeni was elected by all the party’s seven districts but her name was not forwarded to congress by Bulawayo province.

The fractured opposition MDC is currently mired in leadership squabbles that have seen the party being split in two over a decision on whether to participate in last year’s senatorial elections.

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