Originally by Newsday

LAWYERS representing former MDC-T deputy president Thokozani Khupe, who is engaged in a fierce battle with  Nelson Chamisa over the MDC-T party name, symbols and signs yesterday sought postponement of the hearing to allow lawyer Lovemore Madhuku to take over the matter next week.

Through Kholwani Ngwenya, a lawyer with Mabhikwa and Partners, Khupe submitted that they were seeking postponement of the hearing which was set for yesterday to next week.

“I have got an instruction to seek the postponement of the matter to pave way for Madhuku to take over the case. Madhuku has promised to come down on Tuesday and he is the one who will be representing the respondents,” Ngwenya said.

Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Francis Bere upheld the request and postponed the matter to Tuesday on condition Madhuku will be available on behalf of Khupe and others.

This was after Chamisa’s team represented by Josphat Tshuma and Lucas Nkomo had filed an urgent chamber application at the Bulawayo High Court, citing Khupe, former national organiser Abednico Bhebhe and former party spokesperson Obert Gutu, as respondents.

The MDC-T is seeking an order stopping the respondents from “unlawfully exploiting and abusing its registered MDC-T trademark, symbols and signs”.

In his founding affidavit, MDC-T acting chairperson Morgen Komichi said he was seeking an order interdicting the respondents from unlawfully using the party name in their political agenda and infringing on registered trademarks.