By Dylan Murambgi
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration has disbursed a whooping US$1,29 million to controversial MDC leader, Douglas Mwonzora’s “ghostly” political party.
The details are contained in a notice published by Justice Minister , Ziyambi Ziyambi in the Government Gazette.
“It is hereby notified that in terms of section 3 (2) of the Political Parties Act (Finance Act) that the total amount of moneys payable to political parties in respect of the year beginning January 2022 and ending 31st December 2022 , is five hundred million Zimbabwean dollars .
“The money shall be disbursed to political parties that qualify interms of section 3 (2) of the Act as follows:
“$350 150 000 shall be paid to Zanu-pf which received 70,03% of the total voted casted and $149 850 000 million which shall be paid to the Movement for Democratic Change which received 29,97% of the total votes casted,” the notice said
Under the arrangement, Zanu-pf is set to receive an equivalent of US$3 million while Mwonzora’s MDC will pocket US$1,29 million using the official exchange rate.
The developments come shortly after the leading opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa dumped the MDC-Alliance brand following Mwonzora’s insistence to field candidates using the same brand ahead of the March 26 by elections.
This follows a court ruling which declared Mwonzora the legitimate leader of the MDC.
Political watchers have however, described the disbursements as a ploy to frustrate Chamisa who commands the largest following.