Report: Kadhafi Pledged Campaign Funds for Zimbabwe’s Mugabe

Published July 21st, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe managed last week to extract a $50 million pledge for his campaign fund from Libyan leader Moammer Kadhafi, according to a report by AllAfrica news on Friday, quoting sources in Harare. 

Kadhafi was in Zimbabwe on a two-day state visit.  

Zimbabwean sources said Kadhafi, who came to Zimbabwe by road from the Organization of African Unity summit in Lusaka, Zambia, made the financial advance to the ruling party after a request by Mugabe.  

"Kadhafi assured President Mugabe that he would inject about $50 million into the party for the presidential campaigns," a senior party source said.  

"He wants our party to win the election. We are expecting the money anytime now," added the official.  

Kadhafi recently donated 29 Jeep Cherokees to the country’s ruling party, Zanu PF, for the presidential election, said the news service.  

It is understood that the cars, initially thought to have come from Egypt, have already been distributed to key Zanu PF campaigners, including self-styled war veterans leader Joseph Chinotimba.  

Insiders said the campaign funding deal would not be made public, as it was most certainly illegal in terms of the amended Political Parties (Finance) Act, which prohibits foreign funding of political parties, said the news service.  

Although Zanu PF engineered the law, its functionaries are traversing the world scrounging for funds for the crucial presidential polls next year, said the report.  

Kadhafi last year gave Zimbabwe a $100 million line of credit for fuel imports, the news service added – Albawaba.com  

 


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