MDC demands $3m from govt

HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says government is deliberately withholding $3 million it should get under the Zimbabwe Political Parties Finance Act in an operation which it claims is designed to destroy the beleaguered party.

Under the Zimbabwe Political Parties Finance Act, government should bankroll all parties that get at least 5 percent of the vote. The Act outlaws political parties from receiving foreign funding.

Douglas Mwonzora, MDC spokesperson, told the Daily News yesterday that although the party was aware that government was financially constrained, it should consider paying in batches.

“During the Seventh Parliament, the MDC was entitled to about 41 percent under the Act and presently the party is entitled to about 33 percent but we have not received anything,” Mwonzora said. “We suspect that government wants to ground the MDC financially.”

The MDC, which has been lurching from one crisis to another since controversially losing the 2013 general elections, has since appealed to its members to bankroll the party amid revelations that its traditional financiers have disengaged.

Tsvangirai recently made an impassioned plea to the party’s supporters to finance the cash-strapped party.

Before elections last year, the MDC and Zanu PF were entitled to split $4,5 million, but Treasury only availed $1 million that was shared among the major political parties.

But with government failing to pay even its workers, the MDC has been left to its own devices.

The suspension of party deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma and the widening rift in the party has given currency to the suspicion that some top party officials were withholding money in order to cripple the party’s key operations ahead of a crucial congress that has been brought forward from 2016 to 2015.

Currently, there is no money to finance the mega event that requires almost half a million dollars.

Comments (9)

Gvt should not pay MDC money kuti Save vatsvage madzimai.

lee moyo - 25 March 2014

@lee moyo kkkkkkkk pwaaaaaaaa haaaa wandiuraya wat a simple comment kkkkkk

Pondaiheyumwanawevhu - 25 March 2014

Hapana hapana that political party finance act should be scrapped better to give to the struggling people affected by Tokwe Mukosi

Nyamhangambiri - 25 March 2014

It is a known fact govt is broke, can't even pay it's own workers yet we wait to see how many will accompany the President to the EU-Africa summit when they finally allow the First Lady to tag along for her shopping spree.

Dr Know - 25 March 2014

So if Govt witholds the money, how does Morgan pay for his women. Va Chinamasa inzwai tsitsi Save vaomerwa. Munoda kuti vagare nemudzimai one here? Havazvigoni izvi, do something please.

machakachaka - 26 March 2014

The MDC-T should receive whats due to it, its their right to get their fair share as enshrined in the 'constitution'.

Mudhiniwe - 26 March 2014

Who's fault is it if the government is broke? Yet they can afford to purchase state of the art vehicles!

Mudhiniwe - 26 March 2014

Politicians are selfish animals who use us to make a living under some confusing creation called the constitution.

Don Wezhira - 26 March 2014

Iwe idya mushonga wako wekuMalawi wega. Do you think just because unobva kuMalawi then urieffective. Nhema dzega dzega.

Garwe - 26 March 2014

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