By Paul Nyathi| BARELY 2 DAYS after her endorsement of Nelson Chamisa, National People’s Party leader Joice Mujuru has made a surprise stance change and endorsed alienated MDC-T Deputy President Thokozani Khuphe as the genuine leader of the opposition party.
Speaking in an interview on Thursday evening, Mujuru said that interim President Nelson Chamisa outwited Khuphe outside the MDC-T constitution to get himself to the helm of the party.
She told the US based VOA, “issues in the MDC-T are straight forward, Khuphe is the rightful person to be leading the party not Chamisa.”
Mujuru also echoed wide spread speculations that Khuphe was denied the chance to lead the party because she is a woman.
“It is very possible that Khuphe was denied the position just because she is a woman,” added Mujuru.
Mujuru condemned the MDC-T supporters for assaulting Khuphe at the funeral on Tuesday claiming that female politicians in the country are being unfairly harassed for standing their ground to contest for leadership.
She echoed how she was also attacked by ZANU PF youth league members last month while she was going on a campaign in Glenview Harare.
On Tuesday, Mujuru got a huge applause from mourners at the burial of the late MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai when she endorsed Chamisa and declared that she was prepared to work with Chamisa in a coalition which she pulled out of when Tsvangirai was still alive.
Mujuru is also the presidential candidate for the People’s Rainbow Coalition a rival coalition to the Chamisa led MDC Alliance coalition.