The Movement for Democratic Change has filed a High Court application asking the court to resolve a property wrangle in which ousted secretary-general Tendai Biti is allegedly refusing to hand over party assets.
The party’s lawyer and spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora submitted a list of the assets being held under Laphonic Investments Pvt Ltd, the party’s investment firm, now under Biti’s control. Biti was the party’s finance committee chairperson as secretary-general. The list includes offices and vehicles.
MDC-T alleges that Laphonic has been hijacked by Biti, sacked deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma and Fortune Gwaze, a party activist and former personal assistant to Biti. The three are listed as directors of the company.
MDC said in its application that Biti and the others had earlier agreed to step down as Laphonic directors but appeared to have “developed cold feet”. The party says in the application that the three have “refused, failed and neglected to hand over the assets to the plaintiff and this has caused a lot of prejudice to the plaintiff”.
Biti and Mangoma were booted out by the party’s national council after an abortive ‘palace coup’.
The remaining party members also want the High Court to declare as “illegal, null and void”, the so-called Mandel resolutions by a small faction loyal to Biti to suspend party leader Morgan Tsvangirai and a host of others.
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