SENIOR MDC-T officials from Matabeleland region are allegedly locked in a fierce battle to replace fired deputy president Dr Thokozani Khupe.Dr Khupe left together with her allies secretary Abednego Bhebhe and spokesperson Mr Obert Gutu after a major fallout with Chamisa.

Their expulsion has resulted in party members engaging in a rat race to replace them.

Party sources said some senior party members who include Bulawayo provincial spokesperson, Mr Felix Mafa Sibanda, Bulawayo Central MP Ms Dorcas Sibanda and Dr Bekithemba Mpofu, a close associate of MDC-T president Advocate Nelson Chamisa, are fighting to sit on Khupes chair.

“While Mafa made it very clear that he wants to become the party’s deputy president, Dorcas and Dr Mpofu are also angling for the post,” said the source.

Mr Sibanda could not outrightly confirm his interest to take on the open post but some people had  nicodemously thrown his name into the ring.

“I have seen my name being thrown here and there and I’m surprised that some people have thrown my hat into the ring without my knowledge. I don’t know now whether they are genuine people or my adversaries because I don’t know these people. I have not been consulted and it becomes very difficult to know who these people are. They should have consulted me first,” said Mr Sibanda.

Ms Sibanda vehemently denied the speculation linking her to the post, saying she hasn’t made a decision.

Dr Mpofu, who is based in South Africa, could not be reached to elaborate further on the matter.

“These are just rumours being peddled by people who are lying but I have not made my decision on it. It’s not even time for congress for people to express their intentions,” said Ms Sibanda.

“This is disturbing the smooth running of the party. Party members should stop jostling for positions as the party has not given the go ahead to do so. We kindly ask them to behave or we will take action. We are focused on campaigning for the party, we don’t want any distractions,” said Mr Ncube.

She said Dr Khupe’s replacement was the the national council’s decision , the party’s highest decision making body in between congress.

“That there is a vacant post and that people are vying for it, I don’t know because that has not been allowed by the party. Anyone who is doing that is violating the constitution,” said Ms Khumalo.

“The constitution is very clear about what should be done to those positions. The national council and the president will appoint whoever they will want to appoint. There is no need for individuals to be campaigning, what will they be campaigning for?”

The saga for taking over Khupes post still continues.