MDC-UK: £3000,00 withdrawn without treasurer’s consent

August 17, 2011 at 8:17 am Leave a comment

Staff Reporter

THE MDC-UK has come forth as a failing political model in Zimbabwe’s opposition politics as it emerged this week that the scandal riddled province was again embroiled in financial woes, The ZimDiaspora can sensationally reveal.

In a normal set-up, the treasurer is the custodian of party finances any organisation and no money can be withdrawn without his consent, yet the Movement for Democratic Change that tells us they were ready to form the next government in Zimbabwe, has broken the golden rule.

Hardly a year after the Jonathan Chawora’s provincial executive was sacked over financial irregularities involving up t £57 000, it has emerged that the newly elected provincial executive led by Tonderai Samanyanga has also been dogged with financial indiscipline.

The allegations are that senior members of the provincial executive have been withdrawing party money from the provincial account without the knowledge of the provincial treasurer Taurai Chamboko.

The ZimDiaspora understand that up to £3000.00 have so far been withdrawn behind the back of the provincial treasurer, a development that has created tension within the province. An investigation has failed to ascertain the destiny of the £3000.00 in question.

Contacted for comment Chamboko declined to provide details, but confirmed that there were financial skirmishes within MDC-UK and Ireland.

“I believe these problems should be solved within the party, meaning I am very unwilling to provide detains in the media,” he said, referring all questions to the chairman Samanyanga.

At the time of going on Press Samanyanga was not picking up calls from this journalist.

However, Provincial Secretary Owen Muganda confirmed that “a certain amount of money” has been withdrawn from the provincial account without the blessings of the treasurer.

Asked why? Muganda said the issue related to “MDC inside politics”, however mentioning a clause in the party that allows them to bypass the treasurer whenever the need arise.

Muganda refused to provide more details on the issue, saying the issue remained private and was not for public consumption.

The MDC-UK and Ireland has been blighted with criticism from the day the new province was elected into office in Leeds after it emerged that some non-existent MDC branches were created to prop up election for others into the top post which is usually associated with political favours and access to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

There are reports that prior to the provincial elections presided over by the Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo, several branches across the United Kingdom were allegedly set up and some of these branches were manned by one person.

So far those branches have since “varnished” after having served their purpose of propelling individuals to the top job. Investigations revealed that less than 10 MDC branches in Britain that remain active, yet before the provincial elections, supporters were told that there were 48 branches. Many are now complaining that the pre-election so called restructuring exercise is now viewed as an election scandals likened to President Mugabe’s election rigging. Many who spoke to this reporter say they were now demoralised and questioned the MDC’s readiness to form the next government when its riddled such problems.

These revelations have so far created further confusion in the Britain as supporters feel there was an injustice to be led by someone who was inappropriately elected. However, due to unending disagreements within the MDC-UK, it is understood that the national standing committee has agreed to demote it from a provincial status, a move that would see branches communiticating directly with Harare’s Harvest House.

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