ZANU PF, MDC-Alliance receive $12 million ‘kitty’

Ruling party Zanu-PF and the main opposition party MDC-Alliance will be the only parties at law to split the $12 million allocated to them by Treasury under the Political Parties Finance Act, a figure which is twice more than what they received last year.

 This was revealed by a notice inserted by Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi in the government gazette.

He stated that Zanu-PF will get $8 million having received 70.03 % of the vote casts while MDC Alliance will receive $4 million having received 29,97 % of the total vote cast.

“It is hereby notified in terms of the Political Parties and Finance Act (Chapter 2.040 that the total amount of monies payable to political parties in respect of the year beginning January 1 2019 and ending December 31 2019 is $12 million,” stated Ziyambi  

Under the Political Parties Finance Act, only a political party that secures 5 % of the total votes cast can benefit from the fiscus.

This has ruffled feathers of small political parties who have previously lobbied government to extend financing to them but the highest court in the land dismissed the application.

The Zimbabwe Development Party, led by Mr Kisinoti Mukwazhi, approached the Constitutional Court in January 2013 seeking an order to compel Treasury to release funding to all political parties participating in national elections but the application was dismissed for lack of merit.

In its ruling, the Constitutional Court said it would be “irresponsible and dangerous for Government if all political parties were to be funded” from the fiscus as that would mean even fly-by-night parties would be funded.

Kisinoti has participated in all the elections raising speculation that he might have targeted enriching himself.

Government enacted the Political Parties Finance Act in 2002 after it emerged that some political parties were getting funding from hostile foreign governments and non-governmental organisations.

It is on record that some parties have tried to circumvent the law by using NGOs based in Zimbabwe as conduits for getting funds from foreign entities.

Recently, a group of NGO employees were arrested at the Robert Mugabe International airport were allegedly   subverting a constitutionally elected government after they received training to start protests.