Return Property or Else, Makoni Warned

A FACTION of the Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD) movement which ousted founding leader Simba Makoni, yesterday said they wanted the former Finance minister to surrender the organisation’s property or risk court action.


Makoni was suspended by a group calling itself the MKD national coordinating committee (NCC) led by retired Major Kudzai Mbudzi and journalist Kindness Paradza for failing to transform the movement into a fully-fledged party, and for alleged impropriety.

The ex-Zanu PF politburo member has since dismissed his suspension and threatened to sue for defamation some members of the NCC for allegedly maligning his reputation.

In a letter to Makoni signed by Mbudzi and Paradza dated February 6, the NCC said the former Sadc executive secretary should surrender the movement’s property.

“In order to facilitate a proper investigation, you (Makoni) are required immediately to make a full declaration, in writing, of any and all assets and finances of the movement,” the letter read.

Makoni, the letter added, should release all “financial and other records” to the MKD NCC.

A committee consisting of Mbudzi, Paradza, Esther Mujeyi, Michael Gonye and Memory Mbondiah, according to the letter, has since assumed the secretariat role of the movement.

The MKD last week suspended Makoni after accusing him of failing to account “fully and transparently” for funds and assets owned by the movement.

The NCC also blamed Makoni for disregarding its decisions.

“Generally, you have conducted yourself in a manner which is not in the interests of, and which is inconsistent with objectives and vision of the movement,” read the letter.

Meanwhile, the MKD Harare province yesterday distanced itself from last week’s suspension of the embattled former movement leader.

“Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn Harare province condemn in the strongest terms the action taken by the individuals that issued the press statement as retrogressive action which is meant to sabotage the movement,” read the statement.

Makoni, the statement claimed, has the ability to “take the politics of this country to another level” of economic and social recovery.

The province also applauded Makoni and its steering committee for the “good work” they have done in planning for the yet to be established “fully fledged homegrown political party”.

Makoni came a distant third in last March’s presidential election.

BY BERNARD MPOFU

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