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MDC-T secretary-general Nixon Nyikadzino yesterday threatened legal action against the Khupe camp if it rides on the party's structures at its coming extraordinary congress.

Nyikadzino assumed the post of acting president after firing Khupe for accommodating Mwonzora and Komichi. Nyikadzino said Khupe could not continue to assume duties of MDC-T leader since she had joined another party.

"We have proven the distinction between the two entities and, thus, they can hold their extraordinary congress on July 31 while we follow our processes as a different entity," he said.

"If they (Khupe camp) then try to organise their extraordinary congress and doing it in a manner that does not respect our autonomous existence and prerogative, then they will face the biggest fight they have ever experienced in their political carriers," he said.

"We will simply wait and see if they follow the same route like the way they have tried to destroy the alliance. If they touch that which is not theirs, of course, we will approach the courts for posterity, but the real game shall be on the political courts and not these kangaroo gatherings."

However Khaliphani Phugeni, Khupe's spokesperson, said Nyikadzino was illadvised.

"The Supreme Court made it clear that both the Bulawayo 2018 and the Gweru 2019 congresses were null and void and if Cde Mao thinks he can bring to life that which doesn't exist, we wish him well," he said.

Nyikadzino, however, said: "At political level, yes, the alliance may seem to have lost the legal battle, but my lenses tell me that it is now a waste of time to continue knocking at the door of a key holder who does not welcome you. It is a ringing bell to all other political players like us to realise that the Judiciary, particularly judicial officers who are charged to handle politically-charged and nuanced cases, are apparatus of shadow pawn movers who do not want to see anything, but a ruling that conforms to their end game projections."

He said President Emmerson Mnangagwa's regime would face stiff resistance this year.

"This government is going to have sleepless nights. They simply have to account. Unlike our colleagues on the other corner of opposition, we are not going to kiss the forehead of the beast, we shall fight on the side of the people," he said.

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