The Nelson Chamisa led MDC is yet to pay more than 50 000 people it hired as polling agents for last year’s harmonised elections throughout the country.
In Masvingo, the party hired more than 6 000 polling agents. MDC Masvingo provincial chair James Gumbi yesterday said the party’s polling agents in last year’s polls countrywide were still to be paid. He confirmed polling agents are yet to be paid nationwide. Said Gumbi:
It is not a problem (non-payment of polling agents) that is peculiar to Masvingo province, it is a nationwide problem, no polling agent has been paid to date, but I am quite sure the leadership is working on the issue.
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He said Chamisa promised MDC members at a recent party provincial assembly meeting in Masvingo that money to pay the agents had been secured. Said Gumbi:
The president (Mr Chamisa) said the money was now there, but it will not be paid to agents through the provincial structures, but will go directly to the EcoCash or bank accounts of the agents.