In a dramatic twist of events that is set to leave the MDC Alliance on its knees, the High Court has ordered that grouping’s presidential candidate, Nelson Chamisa to pay back the $1.8 million he received from Government on behalf of the MDC-T party in March this year.
Following MDC Alliance President Chamisa’s withdrawal of a court case in which he was fighting his former colleague, Dr Thokozani Khupe, over the use of the name “MDC-T”, High Court Judge, Justice Dube ruled that since Dr Khupe was the official leader of the MDC-T, Chamisa should return the money he received on behalf of that party from Government within 7 days.
The MDC-T was given $1.8 million under the Political Parties Finances Act, which has reportedly since been squandered by Chamisa as his faction is already now broke and begging supporters to make donations via Ecocash.
President Nelson Chamisa’s faction and the MDC Alliance as a whole, is facing yet more woes as donor-funded local CSOs that usually chipped in, aiding the opposition’s campaigns recently had their funds cut after the United States government discovered that they were misusing the funds for political purposes.
When contacted for comment, Chamisa’s Spokesperson, Dr Nkululeko Sibanda, scoffed at the ruling and said their supporters were capable of raising the required amount. “This biased ruling will not deter us. We are the biggest movement in the country and it will only take one day for our supporters to give us the money we need. After all, it is just money, what’s $1.8 million , who cares?”, he said.
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