High Court dismisses Chamisa’s challenge against Khupe

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By Staff Reporter

THE Bulawayo High Court has dismissed with costs an urgent application by the Nelson Chamisa’s MDC-T seeking to interdict rival Thokozani Khupe from using the party’s name and logo.

Justice Francis Bere ruled that the issue of the logo and name was a peripheral one, adding the court will make a determination once the more substantive matter of who the legitimate leader of the party is was resolved.

He ordered the warring factions to make applications to the court for a determination on who is the legitimate leader with the one prevailing in that particular case automatically winning the right to use the party name and logo.

The court added that, at present, both Chamisa and Khupe were factional leaders.

Professor Lovemore Madhuku, who was representing Khupe, said he was happy with the court’s decision, emphasising that his client was entitled to use the party name

The rival faction hinted it might take the matter to the Supreme Court.

Chamisa and Khupe have been fighting for control of the MDC-T with both claiming to be the legitimate heir to founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai who died of colon cancer in February.

Chamisa’s faction has since recalled Khupe from Parliament, a decision which the former deputy prime minister is also contesting at the High Court.

Khupe and her allies were also expelled from the party but scorned he decision before holding their own elective congress last weekend.