MDC-T/MDC Alliance leader Douglas Mwonzora has dismissed recent claims by UK parliamentarian, Lord Jonathan Oates, that the opposition party is a ZANU PF appendage.
Addressing journalists at a press conference in Harare on Friday, 6 May, described Lord Oates as arrogant.
Mwonzora said the British lawmaker should do proper research before giving his opinion. He said he would write personally to Oats to give him a true picture of the situation. Said Mwonzora:
Lord Oats’ utterances are fake and malicious. I do not work with ZANU PF and the MDC Alliance is not a ZANU PF project.
We are MDC Alliance, and we have legislators in parliament.
His utterances are false and unfair to the MDC Alliance as we have a clear vision for the party and the country.
What did Oates say about Mwonzora?
Oates told the British House of Lords that Mwonzora’s project lost the 26 March by-elections even after receiving US$1.5 million dollars from the government for campaigns. He said:
In those elections, the main opposition party was denied the right even to use its own name in these elections or to access the public funds it was entitled to.
In response, its leader, Advocate Nelson Chamisa, announced the formation of a new political movement called the Citizens Coalition for Change or CCC.
That party won 19 of the 28 parliamentary seats up for election and hundreds of councillors, despite its formation just two months before the polls; its lack of funds, and widespread intimidation and obstruction of its campaign by the state.
By contrast, ZANU PF’s puppet opposition faction, which had been gifted approximately $1.5 million in campaign funds by the state, won precisely none.