TAJAMUKA/Sesjikile spokesperson, Promise Mkwananzi, has reportedly succumbed to pressure and stepped down over allegations of abusing huge sums of money donated for the social movement’s various activities, including anti-government demonstrations.
By Cliff Chiduku
In a statement yesterday, #Tajamuka confirmed Mkwananzi’s resignation as spokesperson of the organisation.
“We want to inform stockholders of the campaign and all progressive activists that Promise Mkwananzi voluntarily decided to temporarily recuse himself from the task as #Tajamuka/Sesjikile campaign spokesperson to allow allegations levelled against him to be investigated,” the statement read.
“However, he will continue to participate in the campaign’s activities. We welcome this noble decision that detaches the young peoples’ campaign from potential jeopardy.
“We applaud Mkwananzi for leading by example, especially so in a nation where top officials in government continue sleeping on the throne after publicly acknowledging that $15 billion was missing and some cleansing their loot by calling themselves Robin Hood.”
Mkwananzi was accused of diverting donor funds meant for the movement to his personal use.
He is also accused of personalising a vehicle donated for the “struggle” for personal use.
Efforts to contact him for a comment were fruitless, as his mobile phone went unanswered, while messages sent to his mobile phone number had not been responded to at the time of going to print.
In a statement on Facebook yesterday, Mkwananzi said he was temporarily stepping down from his position as Tajamuka spokesperson, following allegations he had embezzled money.
“I am temporarily recusing myself from the position of Tajamuka spokesperson to save the movement from my personal troubles and to take time to clear my name and allow my colleagues to take a look at the allegations,” he wrote.
“I will continue to serve and participate in Tajamuka activities, but no longer in the capacity of its spokesperson.”
The social movement group said it will soon set up a probe team to investigate allegations levelled against Mkwananzi.
“A five-member committee (comprising three women) chaired by a legal practitioner will be set within five days to allow Mkwananzi to answer to the allegations.
“The report shall be tabled before the general meeting,” part of the statement read.
Gift Ostalos Siziba was appointed interim spokesperson until the matter is finalised.