By Staff Reporter
THE MDC-T faction led by Thokozani Khupe has invited rival Nelson Chamisa to an extraordinary congress set to elect a new party leadership in Bulawayo this weekend.
Obert Gutu, who insists that he remains the party’s elected national spokesman, said his group is “the real, rightful, lawful, legitimate and constitutional MDC-T”.
“There is absolutely no ambiguity or ambivalence or doubt about that,” he said.
Some 4,000 delegates are expected at the congress which will elect a new president following the death of Morgan Tsvangirai in February after a long battle with cancer.
Chamisa was chosen as Tsvangirai’s successor in a process bitterly disputed by Khupe, resulting in her expulsion from the party and recall from Parliament.
Khupe allies such as Gutu, former national chairman Lovemore Moyo and organising secretary Abednico Ncube were also expelled by Chamisa’s group.
However, in an interview Thursday ahead of the congress, Gutu described his dismissal from the party as “a bogus expulsion, by a bogus leader, leading a bogus national council”, adding that, as leaders they “don’t recognise jokes that are not funny”.
He confirmed Chamisa invitation to the Bulawayo congress.
“Yes, he (Chamisa) is a congressional delegate and he is supposed to attend. We made sure that his invitation was delivered more than a month ago in terms of the time limit provided by the party constitution.
“All congressional delegates are welcome. There will be enough security; no one will be beaten up. In terms of the constitution of the party we have invited everyone.
“We have given the relevant notices to all various organs of the party and they are so excited to come and elect a new leader.”
Other positions expected to be filled include that of national chairman which fell vacant following Lovemore Moyo’s resignation.
The party would also have just one vice president with a new logo expected to be unveiled at the weekend fathering.
“We definitely have a logo, but I do not want to pre-empt this because, obviously, congressional delegates will need to deliberate and approve the logo or reject t.
“But it’s an exciting logo; a logo that speaks to what we have always stood for.”