MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa has scoffed at Tuesday’s ruling by Bulawayo High Court judge Francis Bere allowing adversary Thokozani Khupe to continue using the party name.
Khupe and Chamisa are locked in a bitter power tussle triggered by the death of founding party leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Valentine’s Day.
In a statement Wednesday Chamisa’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said Justice Bere’s judgement was politically motivated.
“The High Court judgement by Justice Francis Bere may have allowed expelled members of the MDC-T to continue to abuse the party’s name, logo, trademark and symbols but it does not in any way change the political reality on the ground,” said Tamborinyoka.
He said Khupe and her acolytes remain expelled from the party.
“The political reality is that Dr. Khupe and her cabal remain expelled from the party and recalled from Parliament by the legitimate organs of the party and that the party continues to be on the roll.
“The massive turn-out at President Adv. Nelson Chamisa’s rallies is testimony to the fact and the political reality obtaining on the ground,” he said.
“As for Justice Bere’s judgement, we believe it is political, controversial, appealable and contestable.”
According to Tamborinyoka, Justice Bere’s judgement pales into insignificance when pitted against the court of public opinion.
“The party will do all in its power to stop the abuse of its name, logo, trademark and symbols in line with the resolution of the party’s national council,” said Chamisa’s spokesperson adding the party’s rallies targeting rural areas will continue.