The recently availed Political Parties Fund that was given to MDC Alliance has stirred controversy after it was revealed that the Douglas Mwonzora’s party will receive the funds instead.
Although it is written the MDC Alliance has to receive the money, the money is not going to the party led by Nelson Chamisa but to MDC-T led by Douglas Mwonzora.
MDC-T claims that they are part of the 7-party MDC Alliance that was formed in 2017 for the purposes of 2018 harmonised elections therefore they are entitled to receive the money.
MDC-T and MDC Alliance have for years been fighting over ownership of MDC name, logo, and properties. The wrangle spilled into the courts which ruled that MDC Alliance was not a party and reinstated MDC’s 2014 structures as the temporary caretaker of the party.
Responding to the disbursement of the funds, Alex Tawanda Magaisa, the former Chief of Staff in the office of the late former Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai said:
General Notice 244 of 2021 says ZWL30 million is due to the MDC-Alliance, which is correct because it contested the elections. But this money is being given to the MDC-T led by Mwonzora. Why is the MDC Alliance not fighting this nonsense?
MDC Alliance activist, Pedzisai Ruhanya said the development shows that MDC-T is a ZANU PF proxy. He tweeted:
ZANU PF and MDC-T agreed that MDC-T is MDC Alliance @nelsonchamisa and they are giving the money to @DMwonzora despite the known votes and seats won by MDC-T in 2018. There is no fraud that beats this. Thats why we say MDC-T is captured by ZANU PF. Its a puppet political party
MDC Alliance Secretary-General, Chalton Hwende the move was meant to cripple MDC Alliance. He said:
The law correctly says the money is due to MDC Alliance but @MthuliNcube will give it to Mwonzora because @edmnangagwa has decided. Using our own funds to undermine us pathetic
One Chabva weighed in:
Maybe Komichi is not so wrong to say MDC Alliance is theirs because surely if they can be given money that is clearly stated is for MDC Alliance based on last election performance, what can that mean.
Professor Mlambo said even if it was true that the money belonged to an amalgamation of parties, MDC-T was not giving the money to other members of the coalition. He said:
Using Mwonzora camp’s reasoning, their MDC-T is receiving the money on behalf of the MDC Alliance (alliance of 7 parties). However, there is no proof that they have disbursed any of the money received to other parties such as PDP or MDC-N! MDC-T is stealing from Alliance!
Atmos Gwabada suggested that the party led by Nelson Chamisa needs to seriously consider rebranding and adopting a new name