Constitutional law expert Lovemore Madhuku has warned the government against seizing Nelson Chamisa’s bullet proof car
He said the fundraising by the MDC Alliance supporters was above board.
“There is nothing wrong with party supporters coming together to buy their leader anything,” Madhuku said.
“These are ordinary people who can come together and buy their leader a vehicle. They are not foreigners and this is not foreign funding.
“It is not prohibited under the said Act and it will also be evil if anyone prohibits that initiative by the supporters.
“It’s like when you are on a campaign trail and someone wants to cook for you or provide transport for you, it is not prohibited and cannot be prohibited by the Political Party Finances Act or any other law.
“There is nowhere they can impound this. It will be an abuse of power and very illegal.
“There is no provision that allows that. When a vehicle comes, as long as it pays duty and all those other things, they cannot do anything.
As of last week, the fundraising campaign titled Let’s Replace the People’s President car had surpassed its target of US$120 000.
Mangwana suggested on Twitter that there was reasonable justification to seize the car in the same manner the late former MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s BMW X5 was impounded by authorities in Lupane, Matabeleland North province in 2008.
The car has been parked at a police station since then.
“The country has a history of respecting its laws and foreign cars that break our laws or cars that illegally find themselves on our roads face a certain fate,” Mangwana tweeted.