David Rankin has issued a press release:
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira has been involved in negotiations with internet tycoon Kim Dotcom over funding for the Mana Party, and a possible role of Kim Dotcom in the Party.
This is according to Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin, who says he is frustrated after having repeatedly asked Harawira for the past week if there is any truth to the allegation.
â€śEveryone knows about the meetings. Â Even Whale oilâ€™s Cameron Slater has been informed and wants to break the story,â€ť says Mr Rankin, â€śand my nephew Hone has suddenly gone quiet whenever I mention Kim Dotcom.â€ť
Mr Rankin says that unless Harawira explicitly denies the allegation that he sought funding from Dotcom then the Mana Party is in trouble. â€śMana will face a major credibility crisis,â€ť says Rankin, â€śand the longer he keeps silence, the more suspicion grows.â€ť
What David Rankin says is true.
My sources deep within the mansion have been telling me for weeks about an “arrangement” between Hone Harawira and his Mana party and the nascent and unlaunched Internet Party. There have been meetings held around the boardroom table at the mansion and serious discussions amongst those associated with Dotcom, some even suggesting this is wrong, only to be hectored and shouted at by Dotcom.
I also know that Mana party advisors and confidantes have been meeting extensively as recently as two weeks ago to discuss these details with some privately sharing with WOBH that they are concerned about the future of the party should this deal go ahead.
Their strategy from what the sources have told me is cunning, though I’m not sure voters will appreciate the subterfuge necessary for this scheme to work.
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