Tsvangirai, Khupe face off, as infighting rocks MDC-T

The opposition, MDC-T is headed for a possible split after violence rocked the party in Bulawayo on Sunday when party youths allegedly aligned to party president Morgan Tsvangirai stormed a meeting addressed by vice president Thokozani Khupe.


Violence erupted as the youths wanted to stop the meeting, arguing it was not sanctioned.

A video circulating on social media shows a fuming Khupe ordering the party youths to leave the venue while sounds of breaking windows and clashes could be heard.

The party has since condemned the clashes with Tsvangirai set to address the media on the matter today.

“The events that took place at the MDC provincial offices in Bulawayo on Sunday,August 6,2017 are most regrettable and extremely unfortunate.The MDC would like to condemn,in the strongest terms,all forms of violence against anyone.We are a democratic and peace – loving political party that is ready,willing and able to extricate Zimbabwe from decades of Zanu PF misrule,corruption and misgovernance,” said the party’s national spokesperson, Obert Gutu.

He said investigations were underway.

“We also suspect that the culprits are not genuine members of the MDC but hired thugs and hooligans.”
The violence came hardly a day after the launch of the MDC Alliance at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield on Saturday that saw Tsvangirai signing a colaition agreement with the Tendai Biti-led People’s Democratic Party, Welshman Ncube’s MDC formation, Jacob Ngarivhume’s Transform Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe People First led by Agrippa Mutambara.
Khupe was conspicuous by her absence on the day raising speculation that she was against the coalition.