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Dump car purchase, buy office, bicycles – Moyo says to Chamisa

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Exiled former Zanu PF politburo member-turned-opposition sympathiser Jonathan Moyo says MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa should consider redirecting cash donated towards the purchase of an armoured car for his safety to buying a party office and bicycles for his 2023 election agents.

This comes after citizens sympathetic to Chamisa’s cause have raised slightly in excess of an initially targeted US$120 000 towards the vehicle.

This initiative was put in place after images of the popular politician’ damaged Land Cruiser went viral on social media October this year.

Chamisa and his convoy had been ambushed and stoned by hordes of Zanu PF supporters in Masvingo as he began his national tour to interface with party structures and stakeholders.

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MDC Alliance also lost its main headquarters in Harare to the Douglas Mwonzora led faction in the fierce leadership wrangle that has rocked the main opposition since 2018.

In a tongue-in-cheek statement he posted on Twitter Monday, Moyo said if he was in Chamisa’s position, he would reconsider using the windfall towards setting up an office, setting up a core staff for his party as well as buying cycles for party election agents.

“Dai ndiri shiri ndai buda mudungeon mangu ndobhururuka ndodzokera kudheni; ende dai ndiri 2023 presidential candidate ndine USD120K, ndaitsvaga vashandi vanoshandira musangano wangu kana kuti ndaitenga office, kana mabhasikoro emapolling agents kumaward centres! #BeingZimbabwean,” Moyo said.

However, his comments invited resistance from some Twitter users who felt it was objectionable for one to divert a gift meant for one specific purpose towards another.

@ChiranduWasim felt Chamisa should first deal with his security concerns so he could guarantee his presence in 2023.

“Citizens have realised they may not have shiri ende 2023 presidential candidate may not make it to 2023 so why not deal with security first. Citizens have made a good start and will fund their struggle,” reads the tweet.

Also commenting on the thread, @DubeZoey said the more funding can still be organised for the 2023 campaign and other purposes.

“Those who donated want their candidate to be safe so as to win 2023. Those who donated for the car can still raise 1 million dollars for the presidential campaigns. Pres. Chamisa got 2.4 million votes in 2018. He is the President,” also read the tweet.

The Zanu PF led administration has denied government funding to the Chamisa led MDC Alliance and instead, been paying it to the account of the Mwonzora led opposition faction.

Both Zanu PF and MDC-T are set to split $500 million between themselves.

The funds are in terms of the Political Parties Finance Act which affords funding to parties that reach a threshold of five percent of the national vote.

 

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