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MDC-T, Rival Renewal Team Set to Clash Over Political Parties' Funds

Tendai Biti and Morgan Tsvangirai

Fireworks are expected between the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC Renewal Team over the disbursement of funds under the Political Parties (Finance) Act following the government's intentions to release the money.

The government, through Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, has written to the MDC-T and the Renewal Team enquiring how the two parties would want to share the $1.2 million they were supposed to receive as a united party under this law.

In 2005 the government encountered problems when the MDC split into two and money was disbursed to one faction. Now the party has split again following national elections in 2013.

Funds are allocated on the strength of a party in parliament. Before the split, MDC-T had 91 lawmakers. Both parties claim to have the majority of Members of Parliament with them.

But MDC-T spokesman Douglas Mwonzora told VOA Studio 7 they will not share the money with the Renewal Team because the party was not in existence at the last elections.

He said his party has already written back to the minister informing him about its decision not to share the funds. “We cannot share with another political party that has its own slogans. No,” said Mwonzora.

Renewal Team spokesman Jacob Mafume said his team is ready to discuss the issue with their colleagues in the Tsvangirai MDC in order to resolve the issue amicably.

“I do believe this is a simple issue. The main focus in this country is not really the crumbs that come from the table. It is about time to find a solution for the people of Zimbabwe,” said Mafume.

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