Thokozani Khupe, the newly-elected leader of the breakaway MDC faction, said she has no regrets for cutting ties with Nelson Chamisa, whom she accused of hijacking party.
Khupe was elected leader of the breakaway faction at an extraordinary congress of the party held in Bulawayo during the weekend
Obert Gutu, Harare lawyer Nixon Nyikadzino and Abedinico Bhebhe were elected vice president, secretary-general and national chair respectively.
Khupe and Nelson Chamisa are also locked in a High Court battle over the use of the party name and logo.
Chamisa assumed the presidency after his endorsement by the MDC-T national council, but Khupe dismissed his appointment as unconstitutional, and claimed she was the leader on grounds she was the only elected vice president.
“Let me state categorically, that we make no apology about calling to order those of our comrades who have hijacked our party to further their goals and political expediency at the expense of the general populace who make this movement for democratic change such a glorious organisation to call home,” Khupe said in her acceptance speech.
“Constitutionalism is the blood of the party, democracy is the bones that it stands on, and our values are the flesh to this body we call MDC-T.
“This congress is, therefore, a clarion call to us to embrace constitutionalism and democratic principles.”