MDC-T president Nelson Chamisa said he was increasingly becoming “impatient” with his deputy Thokhozani Khupe and threatened to expel her from the party for refusing to recognize him as a legitimate leader.
He was addressing an MDC Alliance rally in Kwekwe Saturday.
Chamisa told supporters that Khupe and some MDC-T leaders in Bulawayo have been resisting Alliance talks in Matebelaland arguing that the party has been faring well in the country’s southern parts in previous elections.
Speaking in Matebeleland recently, Chamisa said he was prepared to come together with the former deputy premier.
“I am still trying to engage my sister in Bulawayo, Khupe to make her see the light and that unity is important,” Chamisa said.
He, however, hinted that talks with his deputy were in trouble.
Khupe with other MDC-T leaders who include organising secretary, Abednico Bhebhe, national chairperson, Lovemore Moyo, and suspended national spokesperson, Obert Gutu, were believed to be having their own rally in Bulawayo Saturday.
“I am growing impatient with her shenanigans. She must not try my patience because I have tried to engage her. If she wants to test me I will show her who is in charge. If she continues to be uncooperative she will leave us with no choice but to take appropriate action,” Chamisa said without elaborating.
He said there was no going back on the alliance and slammed those who are working against the grouping of the opposition parties as saying they were “advancing a Zanu PF agenda.”
“We don’t want people who are advancing the Zanu PF agenda. We are not going to tolerate those who undermine our victory,” he said.
The Alliance, Chamisa said, is “not only a legacy issue which was left by Morgan Tsvangirai, but also a winning solution for the opposition.”
“This is now a time for the convergence of ideas.”
Chamisa also extended an olive branch to the country’s former Vice President Joice Mujuru saying she was welcome to the alliance.
Meanwhile, Chamisa said once elected in power he was going to look into the welfare of war veterans.
“This country is a result of the liberation struggle. It was not war which was waged by a single political party.
“Once elected in power I am going to invite war veterans to state house and award them for the role they played in liberating the country,” he said before adding that the ex-combatants and the army must not be partisan.
He also scoffed at former President Robert Mugabe’s bid to re-launch himself into politics.
“We are just surprised about his second coming. Mugabe must just quietly retire from politics,” said Chamisa.