MDC Alliance treasure general David Coltart says circumstances surrounding the delivery of the Supreme Court judgement indicate that some people including Thokozani Khupe, Morgan Komichi and Linda Masarira knew the contents of the judgement well before it was delivered.
In his commentary following the judgement which declared Khupe as the legitimate acting president of MDC-T, Coltart said it was not by coincidence that Komichi an already-typed statement, while Khupe and Masarira had expressed optimism on Twitter a few hours before the judgement.
“…it is clear that not only did the other people, save for Chamisa, have prior notice of the existence of the judgment but also knew its content. The 4 pages typed and edited statement read out by Morgan Komichi at the conclusion of the judgment was obviously prepared well before the judgment. One asks the question – how did he know about the content of the judgment, and the ruling it would make, in advance and have so much time to prepare the statement he did?
“Nelson Chamisa’s lawyer Innocent Chagonda was only advised that judgment was going to be handed down at 9 minutes to 12 noon yesterday.
“In like manner, Thoko Khupe’s tweet issued yesterday morning was clearly optimistic – she ended it as follows “In unity let’s renew & build our great Party”. What did she know to give her such optimism prior to the judgment being handed down?
“Linda Tsungirirai Masarira tweeted at 12.16 pm yesterday “I have got a feeling that today is going to be a very good day for me…”[link] What gave her that cause for optimism? As far as I know, she isn’t clairvoyant,” he said.
Coltart further added that his theory is backed by the deployment of police to lock down Harvest House prior to the judgement.
“…the Police were deployed well before the judgment locking down the MDC A’s headquarter building. Why was this necessary unless the Police had prior knowledge that the judgment was going to go against the interests of Nelson Chamisa’s MDC A party,” he said.
Concerning the way forward, Coltart said they will use all their power to resist the machinations of their enemies, adding that the judgment has actually boosted their support both in and outside the country.
“There is no doubt that in many senses we are now at our weakest – we have the full force of a brutal, corrupt and violent state arrayed against us. The regime will probably use its power to deprive us of our buildings, assets and income in the coming weeks.
“But I believe that it is in our moments of greatest physical weakness that we are strongest. This judgment has stirred the wrath and indignation of our members, supporters and friends in Zimbabwe and throughout the world and from the messages I have received since the judgment it is clear that if anything this will only boost our support.
“Our real power lies not in our physical assets but in our steadfast belief in, and compliance with, the principles of democracy, justice, non-violence and respect for the rule of law, and the unwavering support of millions of Zimbabweans who believe in the same principles. It is that power which will enable us to prevail,” he said. Get all COVID-19 statistics for Zimbabwe from COVID-TRACKER