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THE cash-strapped Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC faction has finally turned to its local sympathisers in an unprecedented fundraising initiative aimed at sustaining its operations.

The beleaguered opposition movement was recently ditched by its traditional western funders ironically during its most fragile moment when it is experiencing a split.

Top Tsvangirai loyalist, Charlton Hwende, in a Facebook posting this week, said the party has now activated the initiative, which is being run under the so-called “Action 4Real Change” campaign.

Things came to a head when a faction led by the party’s two signatories to the party’s finances – – Tendai Biti and Elton Mangoma – also severed ties with the founding leader to pursue political ambitions as a parallel MDC entity.

The new fund raising initiative is administered by Tsvangirai’s secretary, Edith Munyaka at a time the party is in turmoil and on the verge of collapse.

The party says this is to ensure that it was self dependent as opposed to depending entirely on donor funding, something that has tainted the African outlook of the opposition movement and confused its ideological path.

According to the party, sitting MPs are now required to part with a once-off payment of $100 while National Executive members would contribute $50 each.

Councillors would pay $10 each while ordinary members would contribute $1 each towards the party’s cause.

Party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said the MDC-T’s decisions to beg from its local friends has also been necessitated by government’s continued unwillingness to release funds due to the party under the Political Parties Finance Act.

The MDC-T current woes were triggered by deputy treasurer-general, Mangoma’s letter to Tsvangirai boldly aising the former premier to step down and hand over the party to a new leader.

Mangoma and his group also accused Tsvangirai of leadership failures and misappropriation of party funds, an allegation the former trade unionist vehemently denies.

Source : New Zimbabwe