Patson Murimoga an MDC-T activist has lodged a complaint with the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) accusing the party’s leader Douglas Mwonzora of stealing over $6 million from the opposition party’s coffers.
Murimoga, accuses the MDC-T leader of conniving with the party’s finance director Toddy Mapingire to loot the money, which they allegedly used to buy foreign currency on the parallel market.
He wants ZACC to investigate why police have not arrested Mwonzora for the theft of funds despite overwhelming evidence.
“Several members of the MDC-T standing committee have deposed affidavits with the ZRP attesting to the theft and laundering of funds,” Murimoga wrote.
“The ZRP has conducted its own investigations and evidence exists in support of both theft and illegal exchange of foreign currency on the black market.”
“The persons, who participated in the illegal exchange of foreign currency are known to the police.”
“There are recorded statements from some members of the MDC-T standing committee attesting to the theft and money laundering.”
“That the laundering was in total contravention of the country’s Foreign Exchange Act and the prevailing official exchange rate, which was US$1:83RTGS as established by the auction market.”
“That the funds from the Political Parties Finance Act are public funds that should not and can’t be laundered on the black market in total contravention of the country’s monetary and fiscal policies.”
“Arrest and depose all MDC-T standing committee members for their complicity in money laundering stemming from inability to report the theft and laundering of party funds,”
“Take up the issue as a matter of urgency in light of police inaction and the soon-to-be-disbursed $29 million as gazetted by the government”.
The case was reported on December 26, 2020, CASE- RB# 2236/12/2020.