FORMER MDC-T Vice-President Obert Gutu says the bulk of funds donated by the vanquished G40 faction of Zanu-PF into the control of MDC leader Nelson Chamisa never reached the intended destinations and were abused, as former G40 kingpins have come into the open and declared they funded Chamisa’s 2018 elections campaign.
Chamisa has not disputed the claims of capture by G40.
“Some people thought that I was lying,” said Mr Gutu speaking to the media yesterday.
“Now the chickens have come home to roost and it has been authenticated by a known G40 sympathiser (Mr Kudzayi) that the MDC Alliance presidential candidate was bankrolled by die-hard G40 architects during his 2018 presidential campaign. To some of us, this was always a public secret.”
New Zimbabwe reports that its impeccable sources say Prof Jonathan Moyo is now Mr Chamisa’s advisor, a move which has caused divisions in the party.
The publication adds that many meetings were held between senior MDC-A members and G40 elements in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi.
Mr Gutu said during the meetings, large sums of money exchanged hands, with the bulk being donated by G40 architects not reaching the MDC-A’s conventional campaign fund account.
“This is the main reason why key G40 operatives such as Shadreck Mashayamombe, Jeppy Jaboon, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, Dzikamai Mavhaire and many others, now occupy very senior positions in the MDC-Alliance.”
The revelations come as this week, former MDC Alliance principal Jacob Ngarivhume blasted the Nelson Chamisa-led party for allowing “outsiders” and known G40 kingpins Shadreck Mashayamombe and Kudakwashe Bhasikiti to contest for the alliance in the 2018 elections leading to the vote splitting and subsequent loss to Zanu-PF.
Accounting for funds received from the Finance Ministry has also been a thorn in the flesh in the MDC, with new Treasurer-General David Coltart sweating to trail where $2 million in party funds were channeled to.
The MDC engaged independent auditors after at least $1,9 million was withdrawn by top party officials from the bank accounts last year and spent on personal projects while the party has been failing to pay its workers and fund key party programmes.
“We are faced with that challenge whereby $1,9 million was stolen and used for other purposes,” the NewsDay reported last week.
Last year, the MDC received more than $4 million under the Political Parties Finance Act.