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4,000 delegates expected at Khupe-faction congress – spokesman

The MDC-T faction led by Thokozani Khupe says it has mobilised more than 4000 delegates to attend the faction‘s extraordinary congress which will be held at the Large City Hall in Bulawayo on Saturday.

A spokesperson of the faction, Obert Gutu, said preparations for the congress are also on course.

“We are expecting 250 delegates from each province. We are also expecting some delegates from our diaspora structures such as UK, South Africa and Ireland. All in all, we are expecting close to 4000 people to attend our elective congress,” said Gutu in an interview with New Zimbabwe.Com.

Although Gutu said more than 4000 with throng   the Large City Hall for the congress, the city’s halls do not have the capacity to hold more than 700 people.

According to information obtained from the Bulawayo City Council website, all council halls have a seating capacity ranging from 300 to 700 people.

Gutu said the faction has also made strict security arrangements to protect delegates from any violence.

“We will not tolerate any violence at the congress. We have made adequate security arrangements to protect our delegates and other stakeholders from violence,” said Gutu.

The Khupe faction was on April 7 forced to postpone the extraordinary congress after the event clashed with an MDC –Alliance rally which was held at the White City Stadium in the city.

In cancelling    the event, the faction claimed that the MDC –Alliance’s rally presented a threat to the smooth running of the congress.

 Following the death of party founder and president, Morgan Tsvangirai in February this year, Khupe and Nelson Chamisa have been embroiled in a bitter war to succeed him.

The party‘s national executive and national council appointed Chamisa as the party’s substantive president and representative of the party in this year’s elections.

On the other hand, Khupe has refused to recognise Chamisa, insisting that the leadership question in the party should be decided by a congress.