The majority of MDC-T political provinces endorsed the suspension of Vice President, Thokozani Khupe, while Matabeleland South and South Africa provinces announced that they back the former deputy prime minister.
Harare, Matebeleland North, Bulawayo, Mashonaland Central, Manicaland, and Midlands North endorsed the move to suspend Khupe pending investigations.
They issued uniform statements Friday and Saturday pronouncing their support for party president Douglas Mwonzora, saying his decision to suspend Khupe was above board.
The party’s Women Assembly also issued a statement signed off by the organ’s information secretary, Lazwi Sibanda in solidarity with Mwonzora.
In its communique, MDC-T Bulawayo information secretary, Lucky Cuma wrote:
The Province wishes to distance itself from the press conference hosted by suspended Vice President (VP) Dr Thokozani Khupe, in Bulawayo earlier today. We are fully aware that she has been suspended from all party activities pending her appearance before the Abiter-General and his balanced disciplinary committee.
We urge our genuine MDC-T members, our MDC Alliance partners, and all Zimbabweans in general to totally ignore this unsanctioned event designed for the purposes of scoring cheap and temporary goals. We affirm the decision of our party and President Douglas T. Mwonzora, to suspend VP Khupe.
The province went on to describe her as hostile in nature and recalled how she repeatedly fought with the late party founding leader, Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC-T family.
A similar letter was reproduced by the other provinces.
Meanwhile, Khupe held a presser on Friday declaring that she was the new party leader adding that the MDC-T had split.