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How much has Tsvangirai raised?

By Maxwell Sibanda

Recent developments within the mainstream MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai, which point to the reality that the party is broke, is sad news.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai
Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai

Sad news because, as the biggest opposition political party in the country that has “consumed” other small parties to form a grand coalition, everyone would have thought the MDC had mobilised enough campaign resources ahead of the 2018 elections. Equally and sadly, these small parties also do not have money.

And there is no time left for the MDC to hit the ground and put up a spirited and sound campaign because running a successful campaign is expensive.

The campaigns need money for logistics that include fuel, the transport itself for campaigners who have to cover the whole country; the MDC needs to print flyers, campaign posters and as we approach 2018, they need to flight adverts in newspapers and the electronic media.

It is unfortunate therefore that the MDC has reportedly hit hard times, failing to pay its workers, an untenable situation that saw the party’s furniture being seized over a $108 000 debt to ex-workers as it also owes current workers thousands of dollars.

While the MDC is crying foul that it is owed in excess of $2 million which should come from the Political Parties (Finance) Act — a development which they should have foreseen — we hope they had plan B, hence assembling a well-coordinated fund raising team to source funds.

There should be good fundraising consultants in Zimbabwe who could have been engaged by the opposition party and since it is said to be financially broke, these could take a percentage of what they could have raised — this is world-wide practice.

Like most things, the right resources can make all the difference.

As for Tsvangirai, as the preferred candidate, fundraising is and should be his priority at the beginning, middle, and end of his campaign.

Has Tsvangirai been fundraising, if so, how much has he raised, how much has his party raised?

While the US elections and those held locally are different in all aspects, last year the Donald Trump campaign raised $334,8 million while $543,4 million was raised by his party and joint fundraising committees. Similarly, Hillary Clinton’s campaign raised $623,1 million while $598,2 million was raised by his party and joint fundraising committees.

How much has the MDC raised?

Tsvangirai should have been the best person to have been doing the asking and having face-to-face “sit downs” with potential donors as this personal engagement could be extremely compelling.

In an election campaign, there is no consolation for being a runner-up. Winning is everything.

And Tsvangirai should have assembled an election campaign strategy team that includes polling experts, statisticians and social scientists who would guide him and his party.

The MDC should be reminded that access to resources determines whether a candidate will run and already we have seen signals in which the opposition party is trying to limit electoral campaign expenses by cancelling primary elections.

Democracy in any political party entails that there is fair contestation of positions and this decree by MDC to forego primary elections means there will be imposition of candidates, which is dangerous.

We have witnessed past incidents where candidates have been imposed on the people and the results have been disastrous. Let the masses choose who they want and not the MDC to choose their preferred candidates for the people.

The MDC is a people’s party; hence it has to consult widely before reaching such decisions which will split the party entirely.

Tsvangirai should mobilise enough funds to hold primaries because imposing candidates, particularly sitting legislators, will backfire because some of them have not been performing to the expectation of the electorate. Daily News

  • The west has finally refused to sponsor these losers. Do you know these MDC rebels have been promising the west some farms and mines here they bet wrong keys every elections.We dont want them anymore in Zimbabwe.

    • At least it shows they are independent. They don’t rely on Zionists’ funds or stolen money like ZANU PF. They are not puppet. Ask yourself, why ZANU PF regalia manufactured in Honduras?

  • Is not everyone broke?

  • Any one can broke even chiyangwa or chivayo can broke its only matter of tym

  • This is not about the west against tsvangirai and to hear someone uttering such fake and unfounded utterances is sad coz things are tough economicaly in Zimbabwe that is why bond money was introduced. Even globaly money is a problem these days. Remember we are towards elections and some crazy evil cowards want to take and tarnish bato renyika MDCT but hazvisikuzoshanda coz Save kuseri pafair. Zvisiri zvekuba Save havamise.

  • So what? Even the government is broke despite having all streams of revenue sources

  • We don’t care how much they have in their coffers as long it won’t affect my daily life. All we need is a change of the regime

  • Ayungu aachadi nendai yawozve

  • Even nyika yacho yabroker

  • Matumwa here mosapota vanhu varikutibira nxaa

  • We in this love together more lyk a play station.. Understand your sexual orientation before u rap bi–h

  • Kuna anemari here muzimbabwe musatinyangadza Hurumende chaiyo yakaisvo shaya mari kare.Mutasa aive Minister kwemakore anodarika 30 akadzingwa basa musi uno avakukweshera wani. Saka MDC T ndoirikutonga here?? Zano takavhotera ine mari handiti yaibva mudondo.

  • That’s why america and britain ask for your bank account if you aspire to be a leader!!

  • Those who want a change they know where to cast the vote ..

  • I think Zimbabwe is more broke and anyone in can never be left out. Ofcoz a few individuals who own a bigger share on the national cake can be exonerated. All opposition parties must be broke unless it is a party of one who once be Zanu yeah he maybe owning a diamond field. We are all broke that is why we need to deal with those causing this financial crisis.

  • I think Zimbabwe is more broke and anyone in can never be left out. Ofcoz a few individuals who own a bigger share on the national cake can be exonerated. All opposition parties must be broke unless it is a party of one who once be Zanu yeah he maybe owning a diamond field. We are all broke that is why we need to deal with those causing this financial crisis.

  • Munosweronyangadza nezvepolitics instead yokushanda ugadzirise hupenyu hwako iwe uribusy kuda kugadzirisa life ya Tsvangirai. Vakangofanana vanhu avo hapana kana musiyano and hapana change inouya kana urirombe uchangofa urirombe hauchinji because Tsvangirai avapresident. Arikutaura change kwaari iye nemhuri yake chete neavo varipadyo naye, not ruzhinji rwezimbabwe.

  • Munosweronyangadza nezvepolitics instead yokushanda ugadzirise hupenyu hwako iwe uribusy kuda kugadzirisa life ya Tsvangirai. Vakangofanana vanhu avo hapana kana musiyano and hapana change inouya kana urirombe uchangofa urirombe hauchinji because Tsvangirai avapresident. Arikutaura change kwaari iye nemhuri yake chete neavo varipadyo naye, not ruzhinji rwezimbabwe.

    • Uri kutaura kuti kudiiko iwe? Saka uri kuti vanhu vasavhota here. Next time usaudzira vanhu zvekuita udzira mhuri yako

  • Isnt it political parties are funded by government?

  • It doesnt make sense for a Zimbabwean to cast a vote for an ever failing and brutal Zanu pf . All these 37yrs wasted just killing and intimidating innocent fellow citizens. Lord have mercy!!

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