The MDC party led by Advocate Nelson Chamisa has dismissed allegations levelled against it by the Thokozani Khupe-led MDC-T, that it is receiving funding from former President Robert Mugabe.
MDC spokesperson, Jacob Mafume, said that it is the MDC-T that is receiving funding from President Emmerson Mnangagwa. He said:
Unlike them we are not getting any money from anyone, we know that they are being funded for the fake dialogue they are doing with (President Emmerson) Mnangagwa, that is why Mnangagwa is helping them to fight the people. We have seen them being booked in hotels and they are in bed with Zanu PF.
… The legal position is very clear the funding comes from the number of seats and the percentage in the election, they cannot seek funding from people who did not vote for them, they were on the ballot and the judgment is very clear on that, it did not talk about funding.
Mafume said that his party is not afraid of losing the party’s headquarters to MDC-T. Said Mafume:
They have not been given powers over our headquarters or our assets, a court order cannot tell us to accept a leader who was rejected by the voters, she has her own members and therefore no court can order the hearts and souls of Zimbabwe to support her, in Parliament she has her own people and the MPs from the MDC are in Parliament because they contested on the MDC Alliance ticket and therefore she cannot do anything about that.
University of Zimbabwe lecturer, Eldred Masunungure, said that the High Court judgement was meant to destroy the opposition party.
He added that Khupe should not celebrate because she won the court judgement as Chamisa is the one who has the support of the masses. Said Masunungure:
She should not celebrate, the reality on the ground is that Chamisa has the MDC is his hands so the party is in his pocket so Khupe cannot take that from Chamisa.
Who has political control it is Chamisa who has legal control it might be Khupe but she cannot turn it into control of the party it is impossible for her to control the party?
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Jacob Mafume is a Zimbabwean politician who is a member of the People's Democratic Party formerly the MDC Renewal Team party where he is the party spokesperson. Read More About Jacob Mafume
Thokozani Khupe is a Zimbabwean politician, cancer activist and the former Vice President of the Movement for Democratic Change. She challenged President Nelson Chamisa for the bid to succeed the late MDC-T founder Morgan Tsvangirai. Khupe reportedly said she will run for President in the... Read More About Thokozani Khupe