MDC calls on its members to fund Congress amid cash squeeze
THE MDC will have to dig deep into its members’ pockets to fund travel, food and accommodation costs for its over 6 000 congress delegates set to meet in Gweru next week to elect new party leadership.
The party last month said it will spend close to $2 million on delegates, who will attend the crunch May 24 congress in Gweru.
Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume said because of the failing economy, the costs of hosting the congress continued to skyrocket and the party would be relying on its members for funding.
“Our road in funding the congress is that of a struggle as we rely on our members and on our people. We do believe like every other organisation in this country that because of the way Zanu PF is governing this country and failed to deal with issues of inflation and costs, there will also be issues around funding,” he said.
Mafume, however, said despite the party struggling to get funding, congress was going ahead with delegates assured of accommodation, food and transportation.
“What is always clear about the MDC spirit is that the congress will be historic and that it will go according to a democratic process. No stone will be left unturned to make sure that it is a success.
“I can assure the delegates that food and accommodation has been secured and that we will be self-funding the whole process for the satisfaction of our party members and our constitutional obligation,” he said.
It is still not clear whether this would be an extraordinary congress following a High Court ruling by Justice Edith Mushore recently.
In the wake of a High Court ruling which nullified Chamisa’s presidency, Mafume said the forthcoming congress was not called by the party president and, therefore, would not be affected by the court ruling.
The party said it has invited outsiders to run its elections for all contested positions in an effort to promote transparency and fairness.