MDC-T divided over how much gratuity to pay Tsvangirai’s family

Morgan TsvangiraiThe opposition MDC-T is reported to be divided over how much money should be paid to the family of the late founding leader of the party, Morgan Tsvangirai, as gratuity for his years of service.

This comes after the party received $1.8 million from the government under the Political Parties Finance Act. Vice President Thokozani Khupe was unsuccessful in getting the money paid to her.

Some members of the party wanted Tsvangirai’s family to receive $500 000 while others advocated for $10 000.

Sources who spoke to NewsDay said:

The party received the money last week and there was an immediate proposal from some senior leaders including the secretary-general (Douglas Mwonzora) to pay a gratuity of $500 000 to former president Tsvangirai’s family, as a show of gratitude for the work he did during his time as leader of the party.

But this was shot down by people very close to the president (Nelson Chamisa). Instead, their counter-proposal was a measly $10 000. It was shocking,

Hwende proposed that Tsvangirai’s family gets $50 000, but some still felt this was an insult, given the former president’s contribution to the party in the past 18 years. He deserves better from the party that he toiled so much for.

However, party officials, Douglas Mwonzora, Charlton Hwende and Luke Tamborinyoka denied that there had been any divisions although they confirmed that the party had indeed received the $1.8 million from the government.

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