MDC-T appeals for donations as cash crisis bites

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Moses Matenga

HARARE – Opposition MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa has pleaded for donations to fund his electoral campaign, an indication the party is struggling financially ahead of the make or break July 30 harmonised election.

Chamisa’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka confirmed the development and assured the people that the donations will be safe.

“Full details on the initiative will be released,. There is a lot of accountability and transparency but more details will come,” he said.

The party’s deputy treasurer general Charlton Hwende confirmed the party was seeking assistance and that those willing to support can do it via various platforms including, Ecocash under the Nelson Chamisa Trust.

The campaign is being done under the “Dollar for Change campaign” where the party is urging supporters to support by donating a dollar for the campaign.

“This is an appeal for donations. A call for action, your country needs you,” read a statement in part.

The merchant code is named under the Nelson Chamisa Trust.

Chamisa’s administration recently collected $1,8 million disbursed by Treasury, as its share of the Political Parties Finance Act.

While Zanu PF has been splashing millions on party regalia, campaign vehicles and other material for the campaign,  MDC-T sources said the party was financially unstable hence the need for the people to fund the campaign.

So dire is the situation in the MDC-T that candidates have been asked to fund their own campaigns.