US$2 million meant for polling agents disappears from CCC coffers: Hwende

Senior opposition CCC official and lawmaker Mr. Charlton Hwende, who supports a group that controls the party, charged Wednesday that leaders of a different faction supporting former leader Mr. Nelson Chamisa had embezzled party funds intended to pay election agents in the harmonized elections of the previous year.

Under the leadership of Mr. Amos Chibaya and Mr. Gift Ostallos Siziba, this faction is conducting operations and is now holding meetings while donning blue regalia and swearing loyalty to Mr. Chamisa.

They have thus far interacted with supporters of Chamisa in the provinces of Bulawayo, the Midlands, Harare, and Manicaland.

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The missing funds were yesterday confirmed by CCC Marondera Central Member of Parliament Mr Caston Matewu who claimed he did not receive his allocation and “whoever received the money in Zimbabwe did not pass it on”.

Mr Hwende made the allegations using his X official account while responding to former CCC legislator for Seke constituency Mr Willard Madzimbamuto who described the so-called blue movement as “a fictitious and deceptive factional agenda”.

“The blue brigade is a fictitious and deceptive factional agenda. A classic example of abuse of the perceived proximity to power! We must be disturbed when once a great movement that filled stadiums now is celebrated in halls and homes.”

In response, Mr Hwende accused his colleagues of driving “deception” within the opposition party that is now “full of compromised people”.

“This is what is happening and a correct assessment of what is happening. People who stole money for election agents are the ones driving this deception,” said Mr Hwende.

CCC interim secretary general Mr Sengezo Tshabangu last year said US$2 million donated by the European Union and intended to pay polling agents and other election-related amenities was unaccounted for.

But CCC deputy spokesperson Mr Siziba yesterday dismissed the issue of missing funds saying all polling agents were paid a total US$105 000.

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