MDC-T president Thokozani Khupe has been barred from attending Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) meetings until she gets a fresh mandate from the party’s congress.
This was revealed by the party’s acting deputy national chairperson Morgen Komichi who said that Khupe cannot continue with POLAD because the party which initially seconded her to the negotiations is different from the one she is now leading.
The POLAD was initiated by President Emmerson Mnangagwa after the 2018 elections as a platform for political parties to share ideas with the State President, but prominent opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has consistently snubbed the discussions.
Speaking to the Daily News, Komichi said: “For now, she cannot continue with POLAD because we have agreed that the decision on who we engage with politically should be subjected to party structures, preferably congress.
“Remember that the party that seconded her to Parliament is not the same party that she is leading. The president takes instructions from the party that she leads and that party has not seconded her to POLAD.”
Responding to Komichi’s assertion, Khupe’s spokesperson, Khaliphani Phugeni, who also doubles as the party’s information secretary, said Khupe could not attend recent POLAD meetings as she is preoccupied with preparations for the extra-ordinary congress directed by the Supreme Court.
An MDC-T national standing committee member told the Daily News that some officials who are eyeing the party’s presidency came up with the idea for Khupe to cease participation in POLAD.