By Bulawayo Correspondent
THE Thokozani Khupe-led MDC-T has dismissed claims made by Professor Jonathan Moyo this weekend that she unsuccessfully tried to beg for campaign funds from Zanu PF’s G40 members ahead of the 2018 elections.
In several tweets, Moyo claimed that Khupe sent her former personal assistant Witness Dube to Nairobi, Kenya to solicit for money from him and his other colleagues.
“And @GutuObert became a #Zanu PF voice; lying that our disclosure had vindicated him and proved alleged ‘G40’ links with #Chamisa. Yet we had secured a ticket and accommodation for Thokozani Khupe’s aide, Witness Dube, who was sent to ask for funding from us on 28 March 2018!,” wrote Moyo.
However, the MDC-T admitted that the meeting between Dube and Moyo took place, but was not sanctioned by the MDC-T or Khupe.
“The MDC-T notes with great disappointment and disdain a tweet from Professor Jonathan Moyo, which purports that the MDC-T through President Dr. Khupe sought funding from a Zanu PF faction going by the name of G40 through her then aide Mr Witness Dube,” party spokesperson, Khaliphani Phugeni told NewZimbabwe.com Saturday.
“The truth of the matter is that Prof Moyo has relations with many Zimbabweans including those in opposition politics and even those close to Dr Khupe. The MDC-T would like to put it on record that at no stage did the party ever seek funding from any Zanu PF faction directly or through a proxy.”
Phugeni admitted that Professor Moyo and Dube met, but said the meeting was at the request of the former Zanu PF politburo member.
“The meeting between Prof Moyo and Mr Witness Dube took place at the request of Professor Moyo in which he sought to appeal to Mr Witness Dube that he (Witness) persuades Dr Khupe to ignore the violent and unconstitutional ascendancy of Mr (Nelson) Chamisa to the MDC leadership.
“It is common knowledge that Dr Khupe dismissed that proposition with the contempt it deserves and went ahead to call for an extraordinary congress the following month in which Adv (Obert) Gutu was then elected vice president,” said Phugeni.
Phugeni said Moyo was “clutching at straws”.
“What is apparent for everyone is that Prof Jonathan Moyo is clutching at straws in his desperate attempt to hide from the general’s public that MDC-A is either a Zanu PF G40 projector or has been taken over by the same. A meeting with Mr Dube who happened to be one of Dr Khupe’s aides at the time will not be enough to implicate Dr Khupe and the MDC-T in Prof Moyo’s absurd accusations,” added Phugeni.