MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai (pictured) may be living behind the high walls of the posh Highlands home he moved into during his tenure as prime minister during the unity government (2009-2013), but life is not a bed of roses anymore for the veteran politician who has since extended his begging bowl to the donor community seeking funds for party and personal upkeep.
The sun seems to have set on the opposition politician ever since his controversial defeat in the 2013 elections by long-time foe President Robert Mugabe in polls the opposition alleged were rigged.
Despite living large during the inclusive government era, Tsvangirai is said to be literary broke to the extent that he can accept any amount offered to him by his close associates.
Party insiders also said some of his legislators are contributing US$50 per month for his upkeep.
"Since his defeat in last year's elections, Tsvangirai, and our party, has been struggling financially. We are really broke. The party is penniless and can't afford the wage bill anymore, which is around plus or minus US$40 000.
Despite claims that our members and supporters will fund the party, it's clear they can't afford to do that. People are already struggling and suffering due to the current economic problems and have no money to fund a party," a senior MDC-T official said.
"That's why we as a party are now reengaging donors looking for funding. As for Tsvangirai himself, he is one of the worst affected party leaders because he has no professional qualifications to fall back on.
He is badly broke and is relying on friends and party members for help to get the barest means of support and sustenance.
He is not destitute but he is living a hand-to-mouth existence, getting just enough to live on. MPs are supposed to contribute US$50 a month towards his upkeep, but some pay and some don't. Things are very hard."