Harare ‑ Zimbabwe's main opposition political party MDC-T has endorsed on Thursday, Nelson Chamisa as the late Morgan Tsvangirai’s successor, in the process giving party vice-president Thokozani Khupe an ultimatum.
The MDC-T national executive and national council met for about six hours on Thursday to deliberate on various contentious succession issues that have been threatening to split the opposition party.
“In line with Article 18 as read together with Article 9.21.1 of the party constitution, the party, through the national council, has resolved that Hon Advocate Nelson Chamisa is confirmed as the party’s substantive leader and presidential candidate for 2018,” MDC-T presidential spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said.
The party also gave Thokozani, national chairman Lovemore Moyo and national organising secretary Abednigo Bhebhe a seven-day ultimatum to come forth for engagement, failure to which action will be taken.
Ironically, the meeting raised concern over injustice meted against Khupe, Moyo and Bhebhe at the burial of the late Tsvangirai and applauded Chamisa for taking “immediate action” and ordering “an investigation into what happened with the aim of ensuring that stern action is against the culprits”.