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‘Mugabe is still a ZANU-PF member and he gave them $40m for 2018 elections’

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FORMER President Robert Mugabe is still a member of the ruling party and he gave the party $40 million for its 2018 election campaign, a close friend of the Mugabes has revealed.

National Patriotic Front (NPF) spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire, who enjoys close relations with the Mugabes, said this on Twitter while commenting on an article by The Herald which alleges MDC leader Nelson Chamisa is being funded by Mugabe ahead of the opposition party’s congress in May.

Jealousy Mawarire said: “Seems when propaganda fails, the Herald resorts to EDiocy. What the Herald isn’t telling its readers is the incontrovertible fact that the former Pres is still a Zanu-PF member & that Zanu-PF got $40m for it’s 2018 election campaign from an account he availed the party.”


There were media reports in July last year that Mugabe surrendered US$24 million held in a private Zanu PF bank account with a local commercial bank which does business with government and the ruling party after his ouster in a military coup last November.

Mugabe had exclusive control of the secret account, which always had millions of dollars, according to reports.

“After the coup, there were worries that Mugabe would refuse with the account as he was the only signatory to it. However, he was engaged and he agreed to surrender the account which had US$24 million in it,” a senior Zanu PF official told the Zimbabwe Independent in July last year. “He could have refused with it, but he felt that he does not need to act like a rogue leader and just let go. Of course, the account was and is still open to abuse.”

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The money added to the ruling party’s staggering war chest of around US$200 million for the do-or-die elections for President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his military backers who toppled Mugabe in a high-risk operation six months ago.

Zanu PF then went for broke after the release of the funds. It bought 15 million T-shirts, 15 million caps and two million body wrappers for women as well as campaign vehicles for each of its contesting legislators and other support staff. — ZOOMZimbabwe

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