VICE-PRESIDENT Joseph Msika has alleged that Tsholotsho independent candidate Jonathan Moyo and Independent Candidates Solidarity Network co-ordinator Sikhumbuzo Ndiweni are receiving funds from
the same people who are funding the MDC and should be investigated and dealt with as a matter of urgency, the Zimbabwe Independent has established.
Msika made the allegation when he addressed members of the Zanu PF politburo and central committee from Bulawayo province at the party’s regional offices last week.
Msika is said to have alleged that Moyo, together with Ndiweni, who is running the independent candidates’ secretariat in the city, were being funded by the same people and organisations that are funding the opposition MDC.
“Vice-President Msika said Moyo and Ndiweni were supporting independents because they want an alternative to the ruling Zanu PF and he said they should be investigated on where they are getting their funding from,” said a source.
When contacted to comment on Msika’s remarks, Ndiweni said people who attended the meeting informed him of the threats made by Msika against him and said he now feared for his life.
Ndiweni said as a former Zanu PF cadre himself such threats from Zanu PF should be taken seriously.
“At the moment I am very much concerned because Msika is a senior man in Zanu PF and has the state machinery at his disposal. Knowing Zanu PF since I am a former member of that party, you can’t take such threats lightly,” Ndiweni said.
Sources said state security agents were already investigating local business people in a bid to nail those alleged to be funding the campaigns of the independents.
Ndiweni was the Zanu PF secretary for Information and Publicity for Bulawayo province but res-igned his post to pursue private interests.
Ndiweni said if anything happened to himself and to Moyo then Msika would be responsible.
“As Vice-President Msika has given that warning, anything that happens to us, our blood is on his hands,” Ndiweni said.
The alleged threats against Moyo and Ndiweni come hard on the heels of newspaper reports that the government is investigating all independents to ascertain where they are getting their campaign funds.
Under the Political Parties (Finance) Act, all political parties in the country are barred from receiving funding from outside the country.