Zimbabwe: Confusion Grows Over Khupe Fate

THERE is growing confusion over MDC-T Vice-President Thokozani Khupe's fate after her alleged role in the intra-party violence that rocked the party in Bulawayo in the run-up to its congress last year as spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora has absolved her of any blame.

Mwonzora said a disciplinary committee is summoning those fingered by the Trust Manda Commission report on violence to answer charges. He, however, said Khupe was not among those facing action as all allegations levelled against her had been investigated and proved baseless.

The commission investigated intra-party violence that shook the MDC-T in Bulawayo, Chitungwiza, Midlands North, Masvingo and Mashonaland West ahead of the party's congress.

Mwonzora's comments contradict those of party leader, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai who in an exclusive interview with the Zimbabwe Independent recently confirmed all those fingered in the intra-party violence, including Khupe, would face disciplinary action.

Mwonzora however dismissed accusations the party is protecting high-ranking party officials fingered in corruption and fuelling violence, saying the party is in the process of disciplining all those implicated, including national executive members.

Mwonzora's comments follow complaints by Bulawayo officials who this week accused the party leadership of letting vice-president Thokozani Khupe off the hook.

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