ZANU-PF Simon Khaya-Moyo is facing a stiff challenge from former speaker Lovemore Moyo of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) T in
elections slated for Tuesday in the House of Assembly. MDC T chief whip, Innocent Gonese, made the revelations at a press
conference at Harvest House that five of their legislators received $5000 each from Jonathan Moyo’s co-coordinator of the bribing syndicate which they allegedly quickly handed over to him as Chief whip.
“The MDC has unearthed a scandal and bribery scam hatched and executed by a criminal representing a ZANU-PF faction to coerce MDC MPs cast their ballots in the election of the Speaker of the House of Assembly
in favour of Simon Khaya-Moyo this afternoon,” said Gonese in an address to journalists. “WE are in possession of US$25 000 which our MPs have surrendered this morning. From the evidence provided by our MPs, the people
coordinating are Jonathan Moyo, Senator Believe Gaule and Kudawashe Basikiti. It is a shameful and regrettable that Jonathan Moyo together with his colleagues were in the cockpit of these bribery and desperate
efforts to corrupt our people,” he said.
Jonathan Moyo was not immediately available for comment but was the architect of the Supreme Court challenge which over-turned Lovemore Moyo’s election as Speaker two years ago.
Gonese said the MDC T was investigating 10 other cases of MPs the party understood were approached to be part of the bribery scam. “We are aware of who they are and are waiting for the money and other
evidence as soon as possible. Investigations are continuing and if it is firmly established that money indeed changed hands, sterns measures will be intensified against the culprits,” he added.
In addition five other MPs were allegedly promised prime farms, choice agriculture plots, and cars as a reward. Gonese, however, said the MDC T was grateful to “our progressive counterparts in Parliament” that have announced their intention to back Lovemore Moyo. The smaller faction of the MDC led by Welshman Ncubes has said its MPs will vote in favour of Lovemore Moyo.