MDC-SA denies corruption

The South African province of the mainstream MDC this week dismissed as unfounded recent allegations of corruption levelled against its leadership.

An anonymous letter sent to various media houses here last week alleged that the Kwanele Moyo-led executive was charging unsuspecting Zimbabweans between R1 500 and R5 000 for South African work permits. The MDC has rubbished the allegations, saying that it was the work of former provincial executive members who were still bitter about being beaten in the party’s elections this year.

“The MDC-T SA Province has become aware of certain allegations made against it and would like to distance itself from the allegations raised,” said Kumbirai Muchemwa, the SA MDC-T provincial spokesman early this week.

“No police case has been opened against either the Party or any of the members in its Executive Committee and none of them are in hiding. We would like to point out that the Zimbabwean Documentation Project is free of charge to all Zimbabweans and we, therefore, find little credence in the allegation that the Party operated a separate ‘paid-for’ service that runs parallel to the Home Affairs operation.”

A second anonymous letter alleged that members of the MDC-T SA provincial executive – Chairman Kwanele Moyo, Secretary Nhamo Chikowore and Organising Secretary Samuel Mavhunga, were arrested after they were all implicated by fellow Zimbabwe work permits seekers.

Although admitting that they were summoned to a Johannesburg police station at the weekend, members of the MDC executive said that no charges were laid, after police realised that the alleged tip-off was a set-up.

“We are a very transparent movement and we will launch our own investigation into the allegations raised,” said a senior party executive.

Moyo said that the allegations were the work of people who were out to tarnish his executive, which he said was not involved in the alleged fraudulent activities.

The SA Home Affairs Department did not respond to questions sent by ***The Zimbabwean at the time of going to print, but a police officer at Hillbrow, where the MDC members were taken, said that no case had been opened against them.

“We will have a meeting with the concerned MDC members during the week, but so far there have been no complainants and we cannot proceed with such a case until we get complainants, but from what we see, this could be some form of internal fighting within that party,” said a police officer at the station.

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