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Jonathan Moyo tries to bribe MDC MPs to vote for Zanu PF Speaker
Innocent Gonese, Movement for Democratic Change
March 29, 2011
The MDC has unearthed
a scandal and bribery scam hatched and executed by a criminal syndicate
representing a Zanu PF faction to coerce MDC MPs to cast their ballots
in the election of the Speaker of the House of Assembly in favour
of Simon Khaya Moyo this afternoon.
Five of our
MPs received $5 000 from a coordinator of the syndicate, a Senator
Gaule, which they quickly handed over to Hon Innocent Gonese and
Hon Dorcas Sibanda, the MDC chief whips, as the evidence of the
scam. We are in possession of $25 000 which our MPs have surrendered
From the evidence provided
by our MPs, the people coordinating are Jonathan Moyo, Senator Believe
Gaule and Kudakwashe Bhasikiti.
It is shameful and regrettable
that Jonathan Moyo together with his colleagues were in the cockpit
of these bribery and desperate efforts to corrupt our people.
It is important to note
that Jonathan Moyo and Believe Gaule were the chief architects of
the so-called Tsholotsho Declaration.
The MDC is investigating
10 other cases of MPs who we understand have been approached to
be part of the bribery scam. We are aware of who they are and are
waiting to the money and other evidence as soon as possible.
Investigations are continuing,
and if it is firmly established that money indeed changed hands,
stern measures will be instituted against the culprits.
The entire nation shall
descend on such a wayward behaviour.
In addition, five other
MPs notified the Chief Whip that they have been promised prime farms,
choice agricultural plots and cars as a reward for betraying the
wishes and aspirations of the people of Zimbabwe by voting for a
Zanu PF candidate.
We have sent a word out
that we will not tolerate such behaviour. Representation in the
MDC abhors the deliberate sabotage of the people's destiny
and real change for pieces of silver and mercenary behaviour.
We are a party of the
people; a party that mirrors the legitimate wishes, concerns and
dreams of all Zimbabweans; and a party of excellence.
We wish to thank our
colleagues who have come forward and exposed the Zanu PF scam.
The MDC is also aware
of Zanu PF's desperation to rig the election at all costs.
There is no way the election of the Speaker can possibly be free
and fair is the House of Assembly is not properly constituted.
Several MPs have been
disenfranchised through arrests on trumped up charges in order for
Zanu PF to achieve a pre-determined outcome of the election.
The party wishes to record
its appreciation of the gesture and decision by our progressive
counter-parts in Parliament who have announced their intention to
back Hon. Lovemore Moyo.
We cherish such progressive
thinking as it enhances the democratic struggle for real change.
We welcome that development as a positive move.
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