Douglas Mwonzora who is accused of ordering payment of $300 00 from the MDC T’s books into the account of one of the party’s lawyers without the consent of other leaders has denied any wrongdoing on the matter, Newsday reports.
Mwonora during a press briefing in Bulawayo yesterday said he never ordered any payment and he has no access to the party’s books:
I have read about that and I am told that somebody has already made a police report to that effect. It is not true. I never withdrew any money from the MDC-T account and I challenge my accusers to give the public proof of the withdrawal by myself
Chitsanga has been one of our lawyers since March 31, we had five lawyers who were helping the MDC-T, and we have a lawyer here in Bulawayo Ngwenya, Mtungura in Mutare, Madhuku, Chitsanga, and Kadoko all in Harare. These are the lawyers who have been handling MDC-T cases including all the 20 court challenges that were brought by the MDC-T.
We owe these lawyers some money, and legal fees running to over US$100 000 and we have to pay them, so yes we do owe Chitsanga more money than what people are talking about.
I never had access to that money at all and I challenge my accusers to show that I had access to it. The MDC-T has an accounting system which is very elaborate and this is an accounting system that I have been presiding over for years since 2014 as the SG and its accounting system is provided for in the constitution and finance and administrative rules.
So this is false, this is malicious, this is calculated to affect my chances at congress and I was told that some people wanted me arrested because they do not want an opponent like me to contest them. But I challenge them to prove their allegations and make that proof public.
if the money was paid to a lawyer who is owed money by the organisation and who has a problem and the money is there, how does it become looting by Mwonzora?
Mwonzora however failed to explain why the money was paid to the lawyer he said was owed $12 000 who had a bereavement without following due process.
Mwonzora is supposed to face Mudzuri and Khupe at the court-sanctioned congress to lead the court resurrected party that was led by the former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.