Tsvangirai gratuity divides MDC-T

FRESH disagreements have rocked the opposition MDC-T over a proposal to pay a gratuity to the family of the party’s founding leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, NewsDay can reveal.
BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Highly-placed sources in the party said the MDC-T last week received $1,8 million from the government as part of its share under the Political Parties Finance Act, putting paid to a feeble attempt by expelled former deputy president, Thokozani Khupe, to claim a share of the spoils.

“The party received the money last week and there was an immediate proposal from some senior leaders including the secretary-general (Douglas Mwonzora) to pay a gratuity of $500 000 to former president Tsvangirai’s family, as a show of gratitude for the work he did during his time as leader of the party.

“The argument was that it is the only way the party could thank the family and the late icon of our democratic struggle.

“But this was shot down by people very close to the president (Nelson Chamisa). Instead, their counter proposal was a measly $10 000. It was shocking,” a source said.
Contacted for comment, Chamisa’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka said: “I can confirm that, indeed, the party received its share from the government under the Political Parties Finance Act. The rest is nonsense. It’s hogwash.”

But, the sources insisted party deputy treasurer-general, Charlton Hwende, proposed an upward review to $50 000.

“Hwende proposed that Tsvangirai’s family gets $50 000, but some still felt this was an insult, given the former president’s contribution to the party in the past 18 years.

“He deserves better from the party that he toiled so much for.”

Another source, who attended the stormy meetings at which the issue was debated, said: “The situation was further worsened by the fact that the office of the president allocated itself $350 000.

“It is only fair that if the current president is getting that much, then we should surely honour the former president.”

Hwende confirmed a meeting of the MDC-T’s finance committee was held, but declined to divulge the details.

“A meeting of the finance committee was held where a lot of issues were discussed. When our internal consultations are concluded, we will issue a comprehensive statement,” the deputy treasurer-general said.

NewsDay also heard that those agitating for the gratuity payout wanted Tsvangirai’s dependents divided into three categories so that theycould also benefit.

“Tsvangirai’s mother will have to be looked after, his wife Elizabeth (Macheka) and the children. There are those who are in college, the party has to make sure they finish school, then there is the issue of the minor child.”

Acting party spokesperson, Tabitha Khumalo scoffed at the idea that Tsvangirai’s family was entitled to receive a gratuity from the MDC-T.

“There is no constitutional provision that says we should give them and there was no national council resolution to that effect,” she said.

Mwonzora yesterday confirmed receipt of the money, but denied there were any disagreements over disbursement.

“We received the money but I have no idea where you are getting (information) that there are disagreements. As far as I am concerned, the money will be used for party programmes,” he said.

The opposition party reportedly promised to take care of Tsvangirai family’s welfare following his death, but this was complicated by the leadership fights in which the former Prime Minister’s mother and some children reportedly took sides with Khupe and refused to recognise Chamisa’s elevation as party leader.
The issue, according to insiders, remained unresolved.

25 Comments

  1. Tsvangirai toiled very much but it must be noted also that he derived huge benefits during his tenure. The list of properties being proffered at the courts is clear testimony that he was not a mere servant of opposition politics, but a benefactor as well. Needless to state that he dined more with the opponents from whom he derived huge favours. Let the money cater for party programmes, not personal issues.

  2. The money in the first place has been disbursed in line with the national constitution solely for election purposes. Surely it can not be used for any other purpose other than that, hence those who wish to show gratitude should have said so in the past and not waited until these funds are availed. We would have also supported the idea and we would have loved to have the chance to also show our gratitude by contributing towards that cause. Diverting the funds intended for elections preparation will in actual fact be mischievous and those agitating for that are not doing so in good faith but should rather be viewed as those intending to cause unnecessary discord. Tsvangirai left an inheritance for his family hence no need for this pity.

  3. ndazvishaya wo ini

    makutsvaga nyaya pasina nyaya

  4. Matebele Warrior- Chamisa is our leader

    Funds must be used for party business , nothing else , we are waiting for regalia here in Plumtree , we want to campaign heavily so that we remove this copu zanu pf , we are tired of Zanu please , regalia , regalia , regalia , I ZANU asiyifuni

  5. Tsvangirai deserves the best among the rest. IF Mugabe is getting his gratitude of killing and destroyed zimbabwe, then why not Tsvangirai who fought gallantly for the immancipation of the zimbabweans at large.Khupe is totally out of the equation for her disobedient and she must not use MDC -T name.

  6. Sandy no body is disagreeing with that view. The issue is, should people divert funds mend for party business during election campaigns to please just one family. If you look closely the party has been exhibiting financial problems such that even the rallies being held were not properly organised because of lack of funding. You and me lets contribute to Tsvangirai if it is that worthy cause not to deep hands in the party coffers. Chamisa you have passed yet another test. Had you agreed to that you would have been viewed as an unprincipled leader. Thumps up.

  7. The money in the first place has been disbursed in line with the national constitution solely for election purposes. Surely it can not be used for any other purpose other than that, hence those who wish to show gratitude should have said so in the past and not waited until these funds are availed. We would have also supported the idea and we would have loved to have the chance to also show our gratitude by contributing towards that cause. Diverting the funds intended for elections preparation will in actual fact be mischievous and those agitating for that are not doing so in good faith but should rather be viewed as those intending to cause unnecessary discord. Tsvangirai left an inheritance for his family hence no need for this pity.

  8. To give away a whole $500 000 out of a measly $1,8m of money which is meant for elections in the first place sounds to me like seriously misplaced priorities here

    1. Idiocy of the highest order

  9. No even a single cent must go to Tsvangirai’s family. The money is for party activities not personal activities. The Tsvangirai family can sell one of the houses and pay school fees for his minor child. Let us stop the use of politics for self aggrindisement as Robert Mugabe did.

  10. Tsvangirai was NOT EMPLOYED by MDC politics is not a profit oriented profession, Morgan himself always said that he was a servant of the people nothing more. His legacy will be remembered forever if those funds are utilised for campaign purposes ONLY even if it means buying foodstuffs for redistribution at rallies so victory is guaranteed. The reportage (if true) that the president has given himself $350,000.00 is very regrettable and unfortunate and will for sure dent Chamisa’s image and prospects, i myself will withdraw my support for him.

  11. The person who toiled is Tsvangirai not his family members. They will be catered for in his policies. This is money for the party for party business and elections. Kwanai vanhu imi.

  12. Comment…Its interesting that they are fighting over $1:8 m for the party, what if they form the next govt whose budget is in billions plus Chiadzwa diamonds.

  13. This surely isn’t MDC anymore.the opposition is actually now practicing wat they have been against the past 20 yrs.

    the 1,8 mill is only for party and campaign purposes u damn greedy stupid fools.how do u justify giving the late morgan s family 500 000 usd,all for wat.he wasn’t an employee,besides he still got a pension from ZCTU,the gvt.

    Zimbabwe is surely in the hands of dam people who need deliverence

  14. Comment…The money should be used for campaining . Vanhu musatsvage nyaya pasina nyaya . In the first place , is there any evidence of President Chamisa claiming 350 000 for personal use . I dont think he can do that . Basa sebasa please , pamberi ne campaign esp kumaruva . Chenjerai spies within the party . Dont be diverted from main focus . Victory is certain

  15. who are we going to pay here.
    Tsvangirayi’s mother?
    his children?
    His wife? Who?

    Tsvangirayi fought a good fight but paying him in his death is ridiculous.
    look at harvest house, it looks like a building scribbled with cow dung,.
    let the party worry about their visibility first and not paying money to the dead lest they die with Tsvangirayi

  16. The sense of entitlement that ZANU PF has finally managed to exorcise after 37 years is the one you see in its infancy in the MDC.

  17. If there’s any truth about this issue then voters need to serious reconsider their support for an administration that is seen to be diverting resources from intended purposes(albeit in the absence of emergencies). This sort of stewardship is what we’ve been witnessing in Zanu ever since and shouldn’t see the light of day. If they can’t be financially disciplined at this level what more should they be elected into office.

  18. hahaha hanzi neNews Day slow down hahaha….ED has my vote.

    1. money is for campaining

  19. nxaaaah , ndozvakaipira vanhu vatema, hapana anoda kupupira ziya for a national cause but just for self agrandisement. if its true kuti ndozvirikuda kuitika then lets not hate khupe who said it openly tht politics is done to raise money for the doers of politics. If this will be true very soon, i will not vote again in zimbabwean politics,, i just will not vote but rather go out kotimba zvuru nemifudze mumatanga evanhu ndichiraramisa mhuri yangu ndakamirira kutogwa nenguva ndoisiya yakadaro nyika. chamisa can do it for sure bcoz anotaurisa ($350.000.00 aaaah) . for sure if they succeed in rewardind the dead tsvangirai ($500.000.00) then chamisa will take advantage and give his office $350.000.00 iye obva atora $300.000.00 opawo vadiki vake $50.000.00 vogovana and i tell you kuti its enough capital for the rest of their lives chero tikadyiwa nezanu ivo vanenge vakawana a lifetime investment using us

  20. ikozvino vanhu vanoshuva kugamuchirawo something material from our party kunge hurombo asi mari dzinopiwa dzakawandisa nama donors asi unongonzwa zvichinzi toda kugadzira nyika mukwanise kuzvitengera mega nxaah. hamugoniwo kuuya nezvimbewu nguva yokurima muchipawo vanokuvhoterai. you muzzle the ox that treads the grain mapenzi evanhu. the rallies are good but hamuna chamosiira vanhu saka muchaon kana zanu yoytevera sure kwenyu kuti ichange ichisiira vanhu zvokudya ipapo pamaisiya muchiti tapedza napo makuzochema mangwana muchiti vaita vote buying. kana ndichida kukambena through dishing out foodstuffs ndokombetisheni yacho iyoyo yaunenge iwewe uchiti ivote buying. ENDAI nefood kuvanhu kamuchida kuhwina maelections. you are ahead in compaigning but remeber somebody is studying your weakness and they will correct it to their victory. Tengaiwo mavotes sezvoita vamwe bcz not all reforms are going to be implemented. chemerai nyaya yeTV coverage and ballot paper local printing chete zvimwe zvese zviri bhooo izvi

  21. The digital president has apart from electing himself, now gone further to award himself $350k…what next? His bootlickers, where you at?

  22. The current Government is paying Tswangirai a pension why should the Party give him another Pension

  23. Party funds should be used for party business not to thank Tsvangirai or appease Chamisa in any way! Use the money to campaign, not buy Tsvangirai’s family

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