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Chamisa says he made 5 attempts to lure Khupe back, labels Mwonzora ‘luciferan’

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  • Chamisa further went on to label Mwonzora a rebel and compared him to the devil. “Rebellion is luciferan! Differing is great but not being rebellious!”

By Mutsa Makuvaza

MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa had dismissed allegations that he fired former colleague Thokozani Khupe from the opposition party in 2018, saying that he made five attempts to woo her but she declined.

Writing on social media Saturday, Chamisa says his conscience over the matter is clear, and was not bothered by accusations that he grabbed power from Morgan Tsvangirai who at that time in February 2018 was on his death bed in a private hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“I did everything within my power to persuade the sister to come back to the party after she had vowed never to set foot at Harvest House. I made five attempts. My conscience is clear,” said Chamisa.

Chamisa aslo indicated he was never going to work with rival MDC-T leader Douglas Mwonzora, who he was set to face at a 2019 party congress in Gweru before the party structures voted overwhelmingly against Mwonzora standing in for the party presidency. Mwonzora later opted for the secretary-general post where he was defeated by a Chamisa ally, Chalton Hwende.

“Integrity is everything in life. It’s not great to be dishonest and deceitful,” Chamisa said when asked if he was going to form an alliance with Mwonzora against Zanu-PF.

Chamisa is, however, willing to dialogue with Zanu-PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa “without any conditions”, according to his deputy Tendai Biti.

Chamisa further went on to label Mwonzora a rebel and compared him to the devil. “Rebellion is luciferan! Differing is great but not being rebellious!”

Meanwhile, Chamisa said he learnt valuable lessons from his predecessor, Tsvangirai.

“What I learnt from Dr Tsvangirai: Always walk with the people. Never abandon the base. Consult. Lead by Consensus. Embrace all trust little. Quash betrayal, never reward rebellion. Be simple and humble. The young must take over. Remove them peacefully…,” he said.

He also added that forming a new party was not in his plans. The suggestion came following the loss of elected officials and party assets as well as Treasury funding to Mwonzora’s MDC-T.

“We are MDC alliance. Hatiitiswe (we can’t be tricked)… In our decision making matrix, we always do what makes our opposition go mad,” he said.

Chamisa has previously lost several court battles against Mwonzora and Thokozani Khupe.

Recently, the Mwonzora camp indicated it was instructing its lawyers to explore options of banning any other political entity from using its identity. –  Zimbabwe Voice

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