Battle to succeed fired Khupe hots up in Bulawayo

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MDC-T leaders in Matebeleland have started jockeying for senior posts including the vice presidency which fell vacant following the recent expulsion of Thokozani Khupe and Abednico Bhebhe from the party.

Khupe, Bhebhe and former national chairperson Lovemore Moyo represented Matebeleland region in the national executive, the party’s most powerful and decision-making organ.

Following the sacking of Khupe and Bhebhe as well as the resignation of the Moyo from the opposition party, Matebeleland region is no longer represented in the national executive.

Party president Nelson Chamisa has already made indications that he is going to appoint the replacements soon.

So far, the party’s Bulawayo spokesperson, Felix Magalela Mafa Sibanda and Chamisa’s close associate Bekithemba Mpofu have emerged as front runners to land Khupe’s post.

Sibanda’s supporters on Saturday, ahead of the MDC-T’s rally in Bulawayo, distributed posters and fliers campaigning for him.

Sibanda sympathisers’ campaign wish list dubbed “2018 winning Team” has Elias Mudzuri as the co-vice president, Morgan Komichi as the national chairman, Amos Chibaya (National organising) Lazwi Sibanda (Deputy national organising secretary), Thabitha Khumalo (National spokesperson) and James Maridadi (Deputy National spokesperson).

When reached for comment, Sibanda said there is nothing wrong with people campaigning for their preferred candidate.

Mpofu could not be reached for comment.

He is a senior academic at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, is a founding MDC member and was the inaugural youth assembly secretary general.