Last year the MDC-T fired all its Chitungwiza party councilors after party investigations reportedly unearthed massive graft within the council. The party also suspended several councilors around the country on charges of corruption.
However on Thursday in Bulawayo Deputy Minister of Local government Sesil Zvidzai who is also the party secretary for local government started training MDC-T mayors and councilors in Matebeleland and Midlands region on fighting corruption.
“We are teaching our councilors on transparency, we don’t want corruption in the MDC-T, corruption is for Zanu-PF. We want our councilors to save the people and not to enrich themselves. We are doing this countrywide ,”Zvidzai told Radio VOP on Thursday
The MDC-T anti-corruption programme came at a time when Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and the party leadership reportedly declared their personal assets in the interest of encouraging transparency and accountability in the party.
The MDC-T leader, his deputy Thokozani Khupe, secretary general Tendai Biti, along with other members of the MDC-T’s senior hierarchy declared their assets on Monday last week at Harvest House, the party’s headquarters.
Nearly everyone in the top brass of the party listed houses, land, cars, livestock and household goods in their inventories to be forwarded to Parliament soon, according to Speaker of Parliament and MDC-T chairperson, Lovemore Moyo.
This comes amid reports of obscene accumulation of wealth by MDC-T officials during the four-year lifespan of the coalition government. A number of MDC-T councillors have since been suspended or arrested over corruption charges, among them expropriation of council property, particularly residential and commercial stands.