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Govt proves its soft spot for Khupe

16 Jul 2020 at 07:47hrs | Views
DESPITE the fact that all records show that the MDC Alliance and the MDC-T contested as different political formations in the 2018 elections, and notwithstanding the fact that Justice Munangati Manongwa granted an interim order to stop the disbursement of $7,5 million under the Political Parties Finance Act to the Thokozani Khupe MDC-T faction, the government has gone against the court order and given the money in question to Khupe.

This was not a surprise for many given that Justice minister Justice Ziyambi Ziyambi had long vouched that government would give the money to a faction of the MDC that is not entitled to it. When people then say there is no rule of law in Zimbabwe, which after all contributes to the declining economy, government officials blame their misdeeds and failures on sanctions, which are not the real factor.

One also concludes that the Khupe faction, which wants the world to believe that it follows the rule of law, is doing exactly the opposite after it connived Ziyambi to get the money which the court said rightfully belonged to the MDC Alliance.

"It is not disputed that the MDC Alliance gained more than 5% of the votes entitling it to benefit from the provisions of the Political Parties Finance Act," read part of Justice Manongwa's judgment, adding further that: "The entitlement in the aforesaid sum was duly confirmed in a Government Gazette of February 28, 2020. The Justice ministry officials assured the MDC Alliance that the monies were to be deposited in the applicant's account. This more than satisfies the requirement of prima facie right. There is proof that the State acknowledges the applicant's entitlement."

Regardless, Ziyambi ignored this court ruling and handed over the money to the wrong party. It is believed that Ziyambi ignored the rule of law in order to finance Khupe's faction extraordinary congress, which is not in line with the Constitutional Court ruling as the MDC constitution has not be adhered to in the process as the faction did not hold a legitimate national council of the 2014 MDC-T structures.

The Supreme Court ruling required that proper procedures be followed in electing a replacement for the late MDC founding leader, Morgan Richard Tsvangirai.

The MDC feud is still in the courts and one would have expected government to observe that and do the right thing by withholding the money until the dispute is resolved, or to give it to the party that is on record as be-ing entitled to the money. Do we have thinking people in our government?

Source - newsday
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