'Mangoma embezzled MDC funds'

HARARE - Elton Mangoma, the suspended MDC deputy treasurer general, has been accused of using party funds to  bribe party structures in his presidential bid.

The allegation is contained in a charge sheet served on Mangoma by Lovemore Moyo, the party chairman.

The charge sheet said there was evidence Mangoma’s actions brought the party into disrepute after he organised and participated in factional activities.

In a letter dated March 19, Mangoma is said to have contravened article 2.1 (a) of the MDC disciplinary code of conduct.

The deputy treasurer’s problems stated after he wrote a letter to Morgan Tsvangirai, asking him to step down as party president following the July 2013 electoral loss.

The party said Mangoma caused the party to be subjected to disdain after he conducted interviews with various media organisation with regards to his strongly worded letter.

The MDC  also charged him with contravening Article 2.1 (g) of the code which compels members not to be involved in factional activities.

“There is evidence that between 1st January 2014 and the date of the National Council meeting aforesaid, (7 March) you organised factional meetings in Masvingo, Manicaland, Harare, Midlands North and Mashonaland Central and used party funds to influence and bribe the structures to undermine party unity and cohesion,” Moyo’s letter to Mangoma says. “It is an offense for any member to engage in bribery and factionalism.”

The former Energy minister was also charged with disrespecting and undermining the party’s organs and elected officials, pointedly the national standing committee, national executive, national council and congress.

The fourth charge relates to Article 5.4 (b) of the party’s constitution which speaks to a members conduct.

“Your actions as aforesaid have seriously undermined our relationship with strategic partners,” the letter said. “It is also further noticed that ... behaviour and attitude undermines the party position that the July 31 elections were stolen.”

Mangoma will answer to these charges before an Independent Disciplinary Tribunal at a date and place yet to be announced.

Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, Mangoma’s lawyer Jacob Mafume, an ex-USAid staffer, dismissed the charges as embarrassing and vague.

“The MDC has just sent charges and the disciplinary process can start anytime, but they don’t mention when and how he brought the party into disrepute,” Mafume said.

“They are very embarrassing and vague and reveal that there is an ulterior motive. They want to ensure that he does not have access to the party structures to campaign.”

Comments (10)

They want to ensure that he does not have access to the party structures to campaign.TO campagn for what position???

masuziog - 26 March 2014

mafume why cant u ask them when and how y do u want us to sympathize with u

taipei - 26 March 2014

He is history for sure. He can join other parties or form his own party. Ona vamwe vapunyaira vachidzoka. Start what you can amicably finish not to finish yourself in the dust bin

Wings of change - 26 March 2014

Mari inofurira nhai, vana mangoma hehe Tsvangirai ibva pachigaro wakakundwa neZPF ko iwe waivepi nhai. Kupinda mumisha umu unonzwa vachingoti chedu chematama ndochatinoda. Form your own party may by 2018 unenge wozikanwa navanhu

mhofu mutenhesanwa - 26 March 2014

Please help me. Is this Mafume a qualified Lawyer? I have strong doubts with this guy. To Mangoma i say wakakandwa pamoto nelawyer rako iri. Mumwe wako akadzoka hezvo wasara wega.

Bruno - 26 March 2014

Mangoma kumusha kunochera mbeva.

Freedom - 26 March 2014

Biti has done well, if it is true that you have buried the hatchet with your president. Chibatsirawo Mangoma kuti ati sorry ndakatadza, adzokewo. Well done Biti.

Boterekwa - 26 March 2014

Anybody who knows how an organisation operates will know that a deputy treasurer can NEVER have unfettered access to party funds unless he used his private account for MDC-T banking, which would be stupid. For 15years, MDC refused to accept that they were foreign-funded, all of a sudden, they are talking of strategic partners. Can you tell us who they are? Uyu ndiwo unonzi musha waparara.

Nherera - 27 March 2014

Iwe nherera uri burwa chairo, gwavava zvaro. Kuva foreign funded and having strategic partners zvakafanana here? Saka mu Zimbabwe hamuna strategic partners? Do they have to be foreign to be strategic?

weZaka - 27 March 2014

If mangoma stole - why does the party not use the legal route to get him to account?

pty - 27 March 2014

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