MDC Alliance (MDC-A) treasure general David Coltart says it is pure hallucination for Morgan Komichi to order MDC Alliance members to surrender MDC-T assets, adding that even the party headquarters Harvest House does not belong to the party.
Soon after the Supreme Court judgement, Morgan Komichi in his statement to the media, said the Chamisa led grouping should surrender all party assets to Douglas Mwonzora the secretary General.
However, Coltart said the fact that the police barred Tendai Biti from entering Harvest House could be evidence that the state is trying to back Komichi’s attempt to take control of the party’s assets.
“It is clear from the actions of the Police yesterday, who blocked Vice President of the MDC A Tendai Biti from entering the MDC A headquarter building, and this morning when they blocked members of our staff from entering the building, that the State is going to back Mr Komichi’s attempt to seize control of MDC A assets.
“If ever there was evidence that this is entirely a plan concocted by the Mnangagwa regime to destroy the only political party which poses any threat to its control, then this is it. The judgement does not give the Police these powers.
“The Headquarter building is not even registered in the name of any version of the MDC but is owned by an independent Trust which leases it to the MDC A. Without a court order in the name of the Trust, the police has no lawful right to bar the MDC A from using the building,” he said.
Coltart added that from what is already happening there is no doubt that the state might deny MDC Alliance money which is due to it under the Political Parties Finance Act using the Supreme Court judgement.
“There is also no doubt that the Mnangagwa regime will now use this judgment to block the Parliamentary budgetary amount allocated to the MDC A. We are currently entitled to some RTGS $7 million to run our operations but the regime has been stalling for weeks now on transferring the money allocated to us in last year’s budget, yet another example of how the contents of this judgment have been known for weeks.
“The RTGS $7 million is due to us by virtue of the proportion of seats we have in Parliament. The MDC-T does not get any allocation because it did not meet the threshold of percentage of seats which have to be won as contained in the Political Parties Act.
“We are entitled to this money by right of law as set out in the Political Parties Finance Act and the judgment, I repeat, makes no mention of the MDC-A party and does not apply to it. Any blocking of this amount will be entirely unlawful,” he said. Get all COVID-19 statistics for Zimbabwe from COVID-TRACKER