Khupe Blasts Rogue MDC Supporters

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MDC-T president Thokozani Khupe has said the ongoing political dialogue called by President Emmerson Mnangagwa is for the benefit of all Zimbabweans, adding that change will not come through violent protests.

“When we are in dialogue, we are doing it for Zimbabweans, we are saying we want things to change but we cannot change things by going out there throwing stones, by burning tyres, by destroying people’s shops but we only resolve issues by discussing issues and this is what some of us are doing,” Khupe said on the sidelines of the burial of the late MDC MP for Glen View South, Vimbai Tsvangirai-Java at Glen Forest yesterday.

Khupe also took issue with suspected supporters of rival politician Nelson Chamisa of the MDC, who heckled and jeered at her as her presence was being recognized by the master of ceremonies.

She said it was unfortunate that a funeral was being turned into a rally.

“As you can see today is a sad moment for all of us where we have come to mourn the passing on of Honourable Vimbai and also to celebrate her life. She was our founding president’s daughter and we had lived with her all our lives.

“But when people come to mourn, they must mourn. This culture of coming to funerals to hijack and turn them into political rallies must come to an end, and I mean this culture must come to a stop. It is unacceptable, it is uncultured, it is not Zimbabwean and I have never seen that,” she said.

“We have opportunities to go out there and do rallies, but to do that here is unacceptable, I have never seen such. Even the one who has departed, I don’t think she is happy, if they can indeed see I don’t think they are happy with what they see here today.

“When people come to funerals, they must do exactly what they have gone there for, I hope and trust that these people will learn and change their behaviour especially when we come to funerals, people should also respect the dead.”

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