Self-exiled former Cabinet Minister and G40 kingpin, Jonathan Moyo, yesterday mocked MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa for having misplaced priorities.
Moyo’s sentiments came after a GoFundMe initiative, reached its target of US$120 000, to purchase an armoured vehicle for Chamisa, at a time his party had no offices or funds to sponsor their campaign for the forthcoming by-elections and the 2023 plebiscite.
According to Moyo, Chamisa should forego the bullet proof vehicle and instead use the donated funds to grow the party and consolidate his support base ahead of the 2023 harmonised elections.
“Dai ndiri shiri ndai buda mu dungeon mangu ndobhururuka ndodzokera kudheni. Ende dai ndiri 2023 presidential candidate ndine USD120 thousand, ndaitsvaga vashandi vanoshandira musangano wangu kana kuti ndaitenga office kana mabhasikoro ema polling agents kuma ward centres,” tweeted Moyo yesterday.
Moyo’s sentiments were echoed by netizen Givemore Bandazi who accused Chamisa of wanting to amass wealth and swim in luxuries at a time his party’s coffers were empty.
“Chamisa should take heed of Moyo’s advice. Currently Chamisa is not under any form of threat that can justify the purchase of an armoured vehicle for him. If he was a leader with the party at heart, he could have directed that the funds be diverted to assist the MDC Alliance mobilising programmes,” tweeted Bandazi.
Another netizen, Getrude Guyo, said that it was worrying that Chamisa was prioritising a vehicle instead of mobilising funds to pay outstanding salaries for party workers who have not been paid in months.
“The party still owes its workers thousands of dollars. Some 2018 election agents are yet to be paid. The mobilisation programmes are hindered by lack of resources, but we have a man who is prioritising a vehicle at the expense of the wellbeing of the party. The MDC Alliance surely needs new leaders,” fumed Guyo.
Efforts to get a comment from Chamisa or MDC Alliance spokesperson, Fadzayi Mahere were futile as their mobile phones were not reachable.