IN a move that could be a violation of the Political Parties (Finance) Act T-shirts, caps and doeks were recently flown into the country from China by Zanu PF for its election campaign.
Under the Act, it is illegal for political parties to receive assistance from abroad. Party sources said the campaign material could have been donated by the Chinese government.
Highly placed sources in the ruling party said the Zanu PF regalia was brought in aboard an Air Zimbabwe plane plying the Harare-Beijing route on March 9.
Although the company that supplied the material could not be established, the cartons had a stickers marked “DAS Air Cargo 761” and another, green in colour, was written in Chinese.
The Independent this week witnessed the dispatch of the material to various constituencies from the party’s headquarters in Harare.
Sources privy to the development said Zanu PF was sourcing campaign material from China because of its failure to pay previous suppliers.
“Local suppliers are now demanding cash upfront or at least a substantial down payment before taking Zanu PF orders,” sources said.
Suppliers for the 2002 presidential election campaign material ended-up dragging Zanu PF to court to recover their monies. Some of the suppliers are understood not to have been paid in full up to now.