The MDC-T led by Thokozani Khupe has approached the Supreme Court seeking guidance on alternative dates to hold its extraordinary congress since it cannot proceed on the scheduled dates due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In March this year, the Supreme Court ruled that the MDC-T should hold its extraordinary congress by July 31st but due to the lockdown, the party says it can no longer have the congress within the stipulated period.
Acting MDC-T spokesperson Khaliphani Phugeni confirmed the latest developments when he spoke to The Herald .
We have instructed our legal team to approach the Supreme Court so that they can give us a variation on the dates. As of now, we are waiting for the advice from the Supreme Court to give us an appropriate date for the congress.
He further added that they will stand guided by updates from the Ministry of Health and Child Care on the best way forward.
I would also want to say having come up with the dates, we are going to be consulting the health authorities because there is a public health imperative which we dare not to ignore. We are going through a pandemic, so we want to be guided. No one must lose their lives because of politics. The lives of our members are more precious than elective congress.
The elective congress is meant to elect a substantive leader of the party following the death of founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai in 2018.
This comes after the Supreme Court declared Nelson Chamisa, who now leads MDC Alliance, as an illegitimate MDC-T leader.
Although the court noted that the ruling was moot since it had been overtaken by events, it nonetheless ordered Khupe to hold an extraordinary congress to resolve the MDC-T leadership wrangle.