Did Roy Bennett take Tsvangirai for a ride in the run-up to the 2013 elections?


Morgan is the oneHistorian, Blessing-Miles Tendi wrote in The Guardian in 2013 that one of the reasons why the MDC-T lost the elections was that the West had abandoned the party and its campaign was poorly financed.

“A largely unstated factor so far in debates about how ZANU-PF won this election is that for the first time in years the MDC-T ran a less effective campaign because of financial constraints. As MDC-T insiders have revealed to me, the party’s traditional Western backers were not as forthcoming with financial support as they were in 2008,” he wrote.

“During the campaigns Tsvangirai publicly criticised the West for giving up on removing Mugabe from power in preference for eventual accommodation with the Zimbabwean president. The West has been unequivocal in its public condemnation of ZANU-PF’s victory but in the coming weeks it must answer hard questions about why it abandoned the MDC-T financially prior the election.”

The questions that were not answered were: Did the Global Alliance for Zimbabwe raise any money for the elections? If it did what happened to the money?

Makone did not have a clue and was prepared to pay anyone who could find out. But what was even more surprising was that party leader Morgan Tsvangirai said he did not know about the organisations.

“We have not been aware of the setting up of the two organisations. If they were set up in the name of the party, the party President was never made aware of it. For more information on the two Foundations, we refer all questions to the former treasurer-general of the party who may have the information,” Tsvangirai’s spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka said.

Bennett has so far refused to answer any questions about the organisation. He promised to come back almost a year ago but has never done so.

Who then was behind the two organisations?

Watch this space.


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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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