Bernard Chiketo 27 September 2018
MUTARE – Zanu PF’s politicisation of farming inputs has hit a new low as
the party is now demanding that opposition supporters who benefited from
the Presidential Inputs Scheme return them.
MDC activists from Chipatarongo Village in Nyanga North Ward 6 were
ordered to return the inputs at a meeting that was addressed by the ruling
party’s ward chairperson Kenneth Baruku and councillor Didymus Nyamahumba
on September 21.
Efforts to reach the two were fruitless at the time of going to print as
their phones were not being picked up.
Zanu PF Manicaland secretary for administration Kenneth Saruchera said
they would look into the allegations which he said do not represent either
the party’s position or that of the president whom he said is against
partisan distribution of inputs and drought relief assistance.
“Firstly, we have not received any such report but generally it’s not
party policy and even the president maintains that the inputs and drought
relief should benefit all Zimbabweans without discrimination.
“If they did that it was in direct violation of party policy. We want to
find out what happened and if you have the names of those who are said to
have done that please share with us so that we look into it,” Saruchera
Zimbabwe Political Victims Foundation Trust chairperson Sekai Gombe said
they were concerned with the allegations which fly in the face of public
pronouncements by the ruling party’s leadership.
“We are concerned about these allegations and we are looking into them.
“This is something that no one foresaw and something that should not be
permitted,” Gombe said.
Nyanga North has been a hotbed of Zanu PF activists’ mischief during the
run-up to the July 30 harmonised elections with a number of cases of
political violence, intimidation of opposition supporters by traditional
leaders and partisan food distribution.
Paradzai Samachena and Virginia Takurira Tsoka were attacked in separate
incidents for wearing MDC T-shirts.
Samachena from Kanyani Village in Nyanga North was on June 16 hit by a
catapult on the eye by Shingirai Tembo a Zanu PF activist in ward 5 for
wearing the opposition’s T-shirt.
The case was reported to Ruwangwe Police Station and a docket was opened
with an RRB reference of 2372874.
He was attended by a doctor at Counselling Services Unit (CSU) in Harare.
Tsoka, a female MDC supporter from Vhurandi Village again in ward 5, was
attacked with a log by Tinotenda Mutsamwira a Zanu PF activist on July 16
again over a T-shirt.
The run-up to the election is however, widely considered by political
analysts to have been one of the most peaceful in the country since the