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MDC-T (Khupe) to launch election manifesto

MDC-T faction led by Thokozani Khupe says it will soon be launching its election manifesto ahead of the watershed 2018 general elections expected between 21 July and 21 August.
The Khupe faction is currently fighting with another MDC-T faction led by Nelson Chamisa in the courts and are both seeking to be given exclusive rights to the pro-labour party.
Last week the Khupe led faction held its extraordinary congress in Bulawayo where it elected a new look party leadership.
The party leadership went to hold its first Standing Committee meeting at King Solomon’s Hotel in Kwekwe were it deliberated on a number of issues including election preparedness, candidate selection and election manifesto among many other issues.
In a statement after the meeting, party secretary for Information and publicity Linda Masarira said the leadership deliberated on a number of issues and resolved on a number of strategic approaches that it will implement as matter of urgency.

Thokozani Khupe flanked by her Deputy Obert Gutu during Standing Committee meeting
“The Standing Committee adopted an abridged version of the manifesto which will be launched together with the election campaign at a date that will be advised soon.
“The party also considered procedures to be followed in deploying cadres for the harmonised elections in July 2018. It resolved that provinces will be given clear template which will guide this process to completion within the next two weeks.
“This template will as its guiding principle give due attention to gender and youth mainstreaming as a way of affording these marginalised groups a meaningful voice in governance,” she said.
Khupe who was Morgan Tsvangirai’s deputy since 2005 when the party first split over participation in Senate elections, claims that she is the legitimate leader of MDC-T by virtue of the constitution.
On the other hand, Chamisa faction is of the view that Khupe lost her standing by boycotting party meetings before the death of Tsvangirai and that they appointed Chamisa to avert a leadership vacuum in the party.
Khupe drew enemies in the party for standing up against Tsvangirai’s preferred type of coalition (MDC- Alliance) arguing that the party had no need to form alliances in areas like Matabeleland where it has done well on its own but in areas such as Mashonaland East and Mashonaland Central Provinces.
Chamisa and Khupe factional fights have not only divided supporters but have also resulted in various MDC-T members including party chairman Lovemore Moyo dumping the country’s main opposition party.
Meanwhile, Khupe is reportedly said to have implored her new leadership to be guided by the founding values of democracy, constitutionalism, equality, non-violence, tolerance and Pan Africanism in bringing to fruition the transformational and developmental agenda of the party.-
pictures courtesy of Linda Masarira

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