The Independent reports that former President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, offered MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa $24 million United States dollars and 12 vehicles for his campaign. In return, Chamisa would reserve 82 parliamentary seats and a vice president’s post for the National Patriotic Front (NPF) linked to the Mugabes.
The idea of working with the Mugabes was met with stiff resistance from some of Chamisa’s partners in the MDC Alliance. An unnamed official told The Independent that they told Chamisa that working with Mugabe was not a clever idea. Said the anonymous official:
We made it very clear that we didn’t think that the involvement of Mugabe was a clever thing since we believed he had run his race. The wife is worse.
Another official said they would rather sacrifice than work with Grace. Said the source:
I know he (Chamisa) has been receiving calls from Grace. We don’t have a single cent or car right now. But the rest of us said we would rather sacrifice than involve ourselves with Grace whom we all know is heavily discredited.
The National Patriotic Front is a Zimbabwean political party spearheaded by former ZANU-PF members Professor Jonathan Moyo, Patrick Zhuwao and Saviour Kasukuwere who are on a self-imposed exile. The party’s consultation document denounced the military takeover of November 2017 that led to Robert Mugabe's resignation.... Read More About National Patriotic Front
The MDC Alliance is a coalition of seven opposition parties that was launched on the 5th of August, 2017 at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield, with the aim to challenge Zanu-PF in 2018 harmonised elections. The party's presidential candidate for the 2018 elections is Nelson... Read More About MDC Alliance
Nelson Chamisa is a Zimbabwean politician who is currently the President of a faction of the MDC-T and leader of the MDC Alliance. In August 2018 Chamisa lost the presidential election to Emmerson Mnangagwa after getting 44.3% of the vote, against Mnangagwa's 50.8%. Chamisa was... Read More About Nelson Chamisa