MDC-T demands $10 from top officials

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OPPOSITION MDC-T’s Masvingo province has resolved that all provincial executive members should pay their annual subscription fee of $10 or risk losing their posts.

By Tatenda Chitagu

The party has of late turned to its members for funding after being ditched by its traditional funders.

Ordinary party members are expected to pay a flat subscription fee of $6 per year towards administration costs for the provincial offices.

In a statement yesterday, MDC-T Masvingo provincial chair James Gumbi said the resolution was made at their last sitting over the weekend.

“We made the resolution as a fundraising activity and they (provincial executive members) are paying up. There is need for sacrifice and anyone who does not respect the resolution will automatically become an ordinary card-carrying member.

“The seat will be relinquished,” he said.

He also said the party would co-opt losing members in the race for executive posts cascading downwards to cell level to mend cracks in the party.

“We need to do away with the congress mentality and co-opt other losing members right from provincial level cascading downwards,” he said.

MDC-T provincial structures were rocked by an en-masse defection by the Tendai Biti-led breakaway faction that formed the MDC Renewal Team project as almost all members went away, leaving acting members before polls that created the new one in fierce jostling.