By Own Correspondent – Political drama continues to unfold as the MDC-T 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.
Addressing journalists in Harare this morning MDC Chief Whip Hon. Innocent Gonese said that about five 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 this morning” Hon. Innocent Gonese said.
It is believed that people coordinating this scam are Jonathan Moyo, Senator Believe Gaule and Kudakwashe Bhasikiti.
Hon Gonese added that 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 are were also 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” he said.
Investigations are continuing, and if it is firmly established that money indeed changed hands, stern measures will be instituted against the culprits.
“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 behavior” Hon Gonese .
According to Hon Gonese 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 said money is believed to have changed hands at a local hotel in Harare