BY KENNETH NYANGANI
FAMILIES of six Zanu PF Chipinge youths who died in a road accident six years ago are set to be among beneficiaries of 3 600 housing stands at Reitvlei Farm in Chipinge district, a scheme founded by the Zanu PF Manicaland youth league.
The ruling Zanu PF party accorded district hero status to the six youths who died in Checheche while returning from Gaza Stadium in 2017 where they had attended the launch of the residential stand programme.
They died after sideboards of the lorry they were travelling on opened, resulting in them falling off the moving vehicle.
Thirty-four other people were injured in the accident.
Later in 2017, the Zanu PF leadership suspended its Manicaland provincial youth chairperson Mubuso Chinguno for misappropriating more than US$400 000 mobilised to service residential stands for youths in Chipinge.
The programme faltered, but was later revived by the Zanu PF Manicaland youth league led by Stanley Sakupwanya.
Addressing Zanu PF supporters over the weekend, Sakupwanya said the youth league had processed all requirements for the stands at Reitvlei Farm which the government gazetted for acquisition in 2017.
“You know we had some issues with these stands, but we have finished all the processes. We have 3 600 stands, but we are giving six stands to the families of our youths who died in a road accident and also the disabled,” he said.
“We have almost 2 000 youths who were scammed. We have a database and we are still verifying some of the names and set some conditions. We are giving in batches and so far we have given 250 youths and we will be giving more in 200 to 300 in batches,” Sakupwanya said.
“All this is being done in favour of the NDS1 (National Development Strategy 1) for affordable housing for all which is President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s vision and we are just implementing the vision,” he said.
The six who died in the accident are Peter Ndlovu, Jimmy Hletsiwa, Phinias Kazembe, Douglas Mashava, Tawengawa Zimhira and Driver Muramba.