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We are not re-uniting with Chamisa

By Daniel Chigundu

MDC-T (Khupe) has dismissed claims that they are working on re-uniting with the other MDC-T faction that is being led by Nelson Chamisa.

Chamisa and Khupe are at logger heads over MDC-T leadership since the death of the party’s founding president Morgan Tsvangirai in February this year.

The squabbles for leadership have left the party divided between the two leaders while other senior members have left for other things.

So dire is the animosity that the party is contesting the upcoming general election as two different parties with Chamisa fronting the MDC Alliance while Khupe is the lead candidate under MDC-T.

Addressing the media at a press conference MDC-T (Khupe) spokesperson Linda Masarira refuted reunion talks adding that her party is the real MDC-T and need not re-uniting with anyone.

“This is a watershed election for the people of Zimbabwe and Dr Thokozani Khupe is our candidate. We are aware that certain individuals are sending out wrong messages to the people saying we are re-uniting with the MDC Alliance.

“We want to categorically state that we do not have such intentions as we are the real MDC-T led by Dr. Khupe. Any overtures by our erstwhile comrades will not yield any success as we are now focusing on campaigning than anything else.

“President Dr. Khupe remains the true and real leader of the party,” she said.

Word on the street is that there are ongoing talks between the two factions that could result in Khupe withdrawing her nomination papers for the Presidency and rally behind Chamisa.

However, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba told the media at a briefing that nominated candidates only have about seven days to with draw their candidature after the sitting of the nomination court.

Nomination court for the 2018 general elections was conducted on the 14 of June were about 23 candidates filed their nominations to contest for the country’s Presidency.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to be the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network as news editor for their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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