Former MDC-T Deputy President, Dr Thokozani Khupe says she has instructed her lawyers to file an urgent chamber application challenging the recent move to recall her from parliament.
Speaking in Victoria Falls, Dr Khupe also hinted at recalling party President Nelson Chamisa from parliament and accused the legislature of being unfair in handling the recent developments involving the warring factions in the party.
According to her, parliament was not supposed to accept the letter from the Nelson Chamisa camp after she had written to the National Assembly highlighting the leadership crisis within the party.
“I am not moved by the recall. I am actually surprised that they had to accept a letter from Chamisa. I wrote to parliament advising them of leadership dispute and that they must not entertain any recall letter. Therefore, we will not accept the recall as the legislature is being unfair,” she said.
Dr Khupe also expressed concern over the decision by the state to prioritise the Chamisa camp in the disbursement of funds under the Political Parties Finance Act.
She insisted that she is still the leader of the MDC-T and stressed that the extra-ordinary congress penciled for the 21st of this month is going ahead.
“We have been moving around and we are here in Victoria Falls to drum up support ahead of the extra-ordinary congress. I am happy with the preparations and looking forward to a huge turn-out,” she said.
The Dr Khupe camp is on record accusing the Chamisa faction of allegedly violating the party’s constitution and for deviating from the core values of the opposition party.
The MDC-T informed parliament through a letter that Dr Khupe no longer represented the party’s interests, hence decided to recall her from parliament.
The letter of Dr Khupe’s expulsion was read by the Acting Speaker of the National Assembly, Cde Reuben Marumahoko.
Meanwhile, Chamisa told the ZBC News over the phone that Khupe was ‘partiless’ following her procedural expulsion from the party and subsequently from parliament after the MDC-T duly notified the Speaker in terms of Section 129(1)(k) of the constitution.
Chamisa added that procedure detects that there must be a full council resolution for Khupe to be able to recall anyone from parliament.