MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora has sensationally claimed that the party lost over US$23 million in 2013 and the money has not been accounted for to date.
Mwonzora said some party leaders misled the late Morgan Tsvangirai into believing that there would be a presidential election run-off and the party had to put aside funds for that possible eventuality. Mwonzora said:
We have people who left the party with more than US$23 million. This happened in 2013 when we were using the US dollar.
So some people lied to Tsvangirai that there would be a run-off and they took the money to Botswana. After the election, Tsvangirai said can you take US$5 million from that stash to rebuild the party and they then started accusing him of being too old and suggested that they should be a leadership renewal.
Those same people who lied to Tsvangirai and stole the party money now want to lead us.
However, MDC Alliance secretary-general Chalton Hwende on Monday rubbished Mwonzora’s claims as baseless. He said:
He was the secretary-general for five years. Why doesn’t he report the case to the police? He completed his five-year term but didn’t raise those issues.
What we know is that there is no missing money. The only assets we know that are missing are vehicles that were auctioned by Mwonzora.
We also know that the last vehicles that were bought by the party were bought by vice president Tendai Biti when he was the secretary-general.
Those cars we have them and we cannot give them because they belong to the party.
Mwonzora has become the MDC-T de facto leader since the March Supreme Court ruling that nullified Nelson Chamisa’s elevation to the party presidency in 2018.