- "They are sponsoring and exploiting this desperate youth to try to achieve their political objectives. They hope that I would be arrested so that I will be out of the political scene..."
By Nancy Samkange
MDC-T president Douglas Mwonzora has revealed that there are people inside his party who are still bitter with his victory in the December extraordinary congress and are trying to bribe law enforcement agents to arrest him.
The indefatigable Senator said part of the strategy employed by the unnamed officials is to use desperate youths in the party to approach courts and the police with allegations that he stole millions of dollars from the partys coffers.
“This is the work of internal opponents who were irked by my victory at the extraordinary congress on December 27th last year. They have teamed up with some members of the opposition and the G40,” Mwonzora told a local publication.
“They are sponsoring and exploiting this desperate youth to try to achieve their political objectives. They hope that I would be arrested so that I will be out of the political scene.
:Our unique political style and strategy has confounded them. The allegations are totally preposterous, false and malicious. They wanted to secure my arrest before congress so that I would not assume leadership of the MDC-T.
“They reported the matter to the police and even tried to buy my arrest. But law officers work on evidence and this is what these people don’t have.”
Mwonzora however said the efforts will fall flat because he committed no crime and even his former boss Thokozani Khupe, who was interim party president during the time the funds were allegedly stolen, wrote a statement clearing him of the charges.
“Some of them tried to accuse me of theft last year only for acting president Thokozani Khupe to write a letter exonerating me.
“It is totally impossible for one person to take money as much as $6 million from a party with as elaborate accounting and signing procedures as the MDC-T. But their sordid efforts will simply be defeated by the truth,” said Mwonzora, a practising lawyer for three decades.
Meanwhile, Mwonzora said he prefers dialogue because Zimbabwe’s past is filled with incidents where dialogue helped restore normalcy and peace.
“Zimbabwe is rich with historical data on the success of dialogue in resolving national issues. The liberation war ended with dialogue at Lancaster House that brought independence.
“The Gukurahundi ended with dialogue culminating in the signing of the Unity Accord between Zanu PF and PF Zapu.
“The 2008 election violence and pestilence ended with dialogue that produced the Global Political Agreement that brought about the Government of National Unity.
“As the MDC-T we are in favour of dialogue that is inclusive, genuine and unconditional,” Mwonzora added. – Zimbabwe Voice ■