MDC-T deputy president Thokozani Khupe has approached the Justice ministry, demanding that the $1,8 million due to the opposition party under the Political Parties Finance Act (PPFA) be given to her faction.
In her letter to the Justice ministry where she also attached a copy of the MDC-T constitution, Khupe said she is the legitimate leader of the opposition party and she was finalising opening a bank account where the money should be deposited. When asked for comment by NewsDay, Khupe’s personal assistant, Witness Dube could neither deny nor confirm the development. Justice secretary Virginia Mabhiza confirmed that her ministry had received letters from Khupe and MDC-T but refused to divulge any information.
Chamisa’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka said disbursement under the Political Parties Finance Act is not done to individuals, but to institutions and the MDC-T as led by Nelson Chamisa has already received part of its share. He however refused to reveal how much the party had received. Tamborinyoka’s statement was contradicted by sources at Treasury, who claimed that no payment has been processed since the letters emerged.