By Daniel Chigundu
MDC-T president Nelson Chamisa is now leader of the opposition in Parliament taking over from Honourable Thokozani Khupe who was recalled a few months ago.
Khupe had been the leader of the opposition in the House since her elevation to the party presidency around 2005 up to recently.
Reading out the announcement in the National Assembly, Speaker Jacob Mudenda said he had been informed of the new development by the Parliamentary Committee on Standing Rules and Orders.
“I would like to inform this house that at its meeting held on 21st May 2018, the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders was advised by the MDC-T that Honourable Advocate Nelson Chamisa is now the leader of the opposition in Parliament.
“At the same meeting, Honourable Paurina Mpariwa was endorsed as a member of the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders. This follows the expulsion of Dr Thokozani Khupe from the Parliament in April 2018,” he said.
Although the MDC-T faction fronted by Chamisa claim to have expelled Khupe and her followers from the party due to alleged errant behaviour, Khupe claims she is the legitimate leader of the opposition party.
The two factions (Khupe and Chamisa) are currently battling over the rights to use the party name and symbols at the High Court.
At the time of the death of party’s founding president Morgan Tsvangirai on 14 February this year, Khupe had been the only vice president that had been directly elected through Congress while Chamisa and Mudzuri were appointed by Tsvangirai later on.
The fighting for control of the party has left the party fractured leading to some top members as Lovemore quitting while others have taken a back seat.