MDC Members Funding National Programmes As Finance Minister Withholds Party Funds

The spokesperson of the opposition MDC, Daniel Molokele, has said that party members have resorted to funding national development initiatives using personal money as the Treasury has not yet disbursed the party’s $3,8 million under the Political Parties Finance Act.

Meanwhile, the ruling ZANU PF has reportedly received its money already.

Molokele’s remarks were echoed by party Secretary-General, Chalton Hwende who revealed that lack of adequate funding has impinged on the party’s operations. Hwende also attributed the party’s poor performance in the recently held elections to lack of enough resources.

Molokele revealed that the party was designing revenue mobilisation strategies including subscriptions from members so as to fund its programmes. He also observed that it might take longer for the MDC to realise the fruits of these proposed revenue collection strategies. He said:

In the recent past years, there have been issues around financing the MDC and it has not been easy, but members have been willing to support the programmes because they love Zimbabwe.

We have a new leadership, the secretary-general and treasurer-general and they have all been given the task to come up with new ways to resource mobilise and to make sure that the party returns to (a sound) financial footing.

The party also recently argued that the government was afraid that the MDC would use the money to fund demonstrations.

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