MDC set to receive Z$149 million windfall
By Philemon Jambaya
The MDC has been awarded Z$149 million while Zanu PF will receive Z$350 million through the political finance quota.
In an Extraordinary Government Gazette published on Thusrday, the MDC’s bank account will credited with $149 million courtesy of the Political Finance Act (Chapter 2:11).
The money from Treasury to bankroll the two party’s yearly activities is allocated to parties on an annual basis on the party’s electoral performance in the last election.
It remains unclear how the money will be disbursed as the MDC is currently split between a formation led by Douglas Mwonzora and another led by Thokozani Khupe.
Nelson Chamisa who has previously claimed and lost ownership of the MDC purse has been in a tailwind since a Supreme Court ruling of 2020 dislodged him from the leadership of the opposition movement.
He recently formed a new party which goes by the name Citizens Coalition For Changea and the party’s treasurer David Coltart believes the manner in which the political fund is being shared is an extension of the Zanu PF’s bid to resource Chamisa’s opposition opponents so as to split the vote in the 2023 elections.
“As I predicted the ZANU PF regime has conveniently issued a vast amount of taxpayers’ money to ZANU PF and its surrogate MDC T (or “MDC Alliance”) party to ensure they can woo the electorate with trinkets in the coming by elections. The @CCCZimbabwe won’t get a cent,” he tweeted.
“Douglas Mwonzora & his cabal have received Z$149 million (Z$149,000,000 -let that sink in) from the regime to fight their campaign. That converts to about US$700,000. ZANU PF of course have even more than that. We need at least US$500,000 so please donate generously #Zimbabweans.”