MDC denies Ministers' probe allegations

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has denied knowledge of probe
allegations against three Ministers which were published in a Zimbabwe
Independent (15 January 2010) article. The article written by
journalist, Faith Zaba, alleged that 3 Ministers, Honorable Elias
Mudzuri, Honorable Murisi Zwizwai and Honorable Giles Mutsekwa are
under probe for corruption by the political party. They are all senior
members of the MDC.

Speaking at a press conference held today, 15 January 2010 at the MDC
headquarters at Harvest House in Harare, the party's spokesperson and
Minister of Information and Communication Technologies, Honorable
Nelson Chamisa, called The Independent report 'malicious' and
highlighted that there was no committee set up to probe Mudzuri,
Zwizwai and Mutsekwa.

He however stated that the political party
through the national leadership set up a committee headed by Deputy
Secretary General, Tapiwa Mashakada to investigate illicit and corrupt
authorities at the Chitungwiza and Bindura town councils.

Hon. Chamisa further highlighted that the MDC respects the media and
journalists but does not respect fibs. 'As the MDC, we have zero
tolerance to corruption and zero tolerance to falsehoods. The
mentioned officials are not being investigated by the party as shown
by the lack of evidence' Chamisa said. He also dismissed the
succession scandal 'unearthed' by the newspaper as false. 'Succession
is not an ailment of MDC but of ZANU PF,' he said.

Commenting on the progress of negotiations between the two MDC
formations and ZANU PF aimed at resolving outstanding issues in the
GPA; the MDC Spokesperson pointed out that the talks would continue
during the weekend and that the party expects resolutions to be
reached by the end of the weekend. 'We expect the weekend talks to
bring the outstanding issues to finality and plan for reconstruction
of the country,' he said.

However, he highlighted that if the
political parties fail to reach a resolution, the matter would be
referred to SADC. The outstanding issues include the appointments of
Governors, the Attorney General and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe
Governor and the swearing in of Deputy Agriculture Minister designate,
Roy Bennett.

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