The MDC-T has approached the High Court seeking to be joined as a party to an on-going application filed by the MDC Alliance demanding that the Finance Minister should stop disbursing its share of funds under the Political Parties Finance Act to the Thokozani Khupe-led party.
In his founding affidavit, the MDC-T’s reinstated deputy chairman, Morgen Komichi said that the MDC Alliance application did not cite the intended beneficiary of the funds. Komichi said:
No reason was advanced for not citing them in the application. From its own papers, the first respondent (MDC Alliance) at all times knew that the applicant (MDC-T) was the person who was claiming the money and deliberately sought not to cite them in order to obtain the order fraudulently.
The applicant hereby applies to be joined in these proceedings on the basis that it has a real and substantial interest in the main matter. The money that the first respondent (MDC Alliance) seeks to have released to it legitimately belongs to the applicant (MDC-T).
Komichi further argued that the MDC Alliance was not a political party but merely a pre-election pact, adding that the money was entitled to be given to the Khupe-led faction after the Supreme Court on March 31, 2020, ruled in her in the party’s leadership dispute.
In its application, the MDC Alliance had cited Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, Finance minister Mthuli Ncube and the Parliament of Zimbabwe, as co-respondents while the MDC-T was not included.
Komichi then cited the MDC Alliance, Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, Finance minister Mthuli Ncube and the Parliament of Zimbabwe, as co-respondents.
The MDC-T’s application came after High Court judge Justice Nyaradzo Munangati-Manongwa recently granted Chamisa’s party an interim order stopping the disbursement of the funds, amounting to $7 492 500.