MDC Alliance leader, advocate Nelson Chamisa, has withdrawn an application from the High Court roll in which he was seeking an order to interdict Dr Thokozani Khupe and her colleagues from using the MDC-T’s name, symbol, logo and trademarks.
Chamisa and Khupe, both former deputies of the party’s founding president, Morgan Tsvangirai, have been involved in a nasty leadership wrangle since the death of Tsvangirai sometime in February this year.
In March this year, Chamisa petitioned the High Court in Bulawayo over the duo’s impasse citing as respondents, Khupe, Obert Gutu and Abednico Bhebhe and the matter was referred to an arbitrator by Justice Francis Bere prompting Chamisa to approach the Supreme Court for recourse.
The Apex Court allowed Chamisa’s appeal and referred the matter back to the High Court for a determination on whether or not there are two MDC-T parties, one led by Chamisa and the other by Khupe.
When the matter appeared before High Court Judge, Justice Mary Zimba-Dube, today, Chamisa’s lawyers made an application for the removal of the matter from the roll.
“The matter was removed from the roll by consent and what it means is that Khupe will continue to use the name, symbol, logo and trademarks of the MDC-T. In fact, she is the only candidate who is using the name MDC-T and its only presidential candidate. Just to set the record straight, what this means is that at the moment, Khupe will be the MDC-T party’s leader and until such a time when Chamisa will decide to revive the matter,” Khupe’s lawyer Professor Lovemore Madhuku said.
Khupe had already successfully filed her nomination papers to contest, this year’s harmonised elections set for July 30, as MDC-T presidential candidate.