In an interview with ZiFM Stereo yesterday, MDC-T deputy national chairperson Morgan Komichi defended the party’s decision to demand $1 000 non-refundable application fee for sitting MPs to be considered as candidates in the forthcoming general elections later this year. Those who are not MPs will only pay $100.
Komichi said the application fees are being used by the party to raise funds since Government is not giving them funds under the Political Parties Finance Act. Said Komichi:
It is a decision that was agreed upon by the national council after an extensive debate. We are getting very little from Government and we have to raise funds by ourselves through our membership. They should appreciate these issues. Besides, they are workers of the party and closer to the party than anyone else. There must be a gesture of some sort of commitment to the party.
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The Herald claims some MPs have threatened to derail the party leader Nelson Chamisa’s campaign over the issue.
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