PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe yesterday promised to secure funding and cars for Zanu PF candidates, a few hours after senior politburo members were locked in a vicious clash over fundraising for the cash-strapped party.
Mugabe told a central committee meeting that money and vehicles would soon be distributed in provinces to accelerate the party’s campaigns, although he did not say where the resources would come from since Zanu PF is broke and has been surviving on bank overdrafts.
Listen to President Mugabe’s speech below:
However, senior Zanu PF officials told Zimbabwe Independent yesterday the money, expected in the country today, was sourced from “well-wishers” in China and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mugabe stressed the resources would not be adequate to cater for everyone but should be shared equally without favouritism.
Zanu PF has been receiving donations from the Chinese who recently delivered graders and excavators, while Equatorial Guinea strongman Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo reportedly gave Mugabe about US$20 million for the presidential agricultural input scheme last year.
This comes as Finance minister Tendai Biti insisted yesterday there is still no money to fund general elections.
Meikles boss John Moxon donated 550 cars to Zanu PF worth about US$14 million. Meikles seems to have been given mineral concessions in return.
Sources said Zanu PF’s precarious financial position sparked a fierce bust-up between Vice-President Joice Mujuru and Mines minister Obert Mpofu during a politburo meeting on Wednesday after the latter accused the former of trying to scuttle their efforts by masterminding a plot to arrest him and two other ministers in the fund-raising committee using the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc).