Gutu rubs salt into Chamisa wound, vows confrontation over party funds

Spread This News

By Staff Reporter

MDC-T Deputy President Obert Gutu has rubbed salt into MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa’s wound while accusing the losing presidential candidate of grabbing both power and money he says was meant for his faction by treasury.

Chamisa muscled his way to the popular opposition’s leadership when founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai had died in a South African hospital February this year.

He resisted calls for an elective congress by his allies and further moved to expel those who opposed his ascendency to the helm of MDC, leading to a party split.

The wrangle has seen Chamisa and former MDC-T Vice President Thokozani Khupe’s factions tussle for the party’s name, logo as well as funds allocated by treasury to parties that reached the 5 percent threshold in national polls as is required under the Political Parties (Finance) Act. 

But the opposition ownership tug-of-war seemed far from over after Gutu took to twitter to gloat over Chamisa’s poll defeat to President Emmerson Mnangagwa with threats to “come for you” over the MDC-T’s funds allocation by government.

Based on the 2013 poll outcome, MDC-T was allocated $1 873 663,83 while Zanu PF got $6 126 633,17.

“You fraudulently got $1.8 million from the national treasury. We are coming for you. Trust me. We want our money. Hatidzori tsvimbo (we won’t relent),” posted Gutu on twitter.

He went on to accuse his former ally of imposing himself as leader of the main opposition through violence Febriary this year.

“You grab power through violence, chicanery and blackmail and you think you can land at state house through the same crooked means! Ku state house kure…lol (becoming state president is tough),” he added.

Chamisa lost the July 30 election to Zanu PF’s Emmerson Mnangagwa but has put up a strong fight to have the Zanu PF leader’s victory reversed on claims of poll fraud.

The opposition chief said in later comments that he had no time for “jokers” like Gutu as he had national issues to deal with.

“Don’t waste time on that my brother, we have no time for jokes. That guy is a big joke. Why should we waste time on jokers,” he said to journalists Saturday.

“This (poll challenge) is a serious national matter and you want to be pursing side shows by listening to him.

“You have better things to do my brother.” 

But Gutu went on with his threats, also describing Chamisa is a “hopeless and sour leader”.

“He should wait for the necessary legal action take its course. Once again, we will teach him a few good lessons in basic law.”