Villagers forced to pay for Independence Day event

via Villagers forced to pay for Independence Day event | SW Radio Africa  by Nomalanga Moyo on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ZANU PF officials in the Mudzi district have been accused of forcing cash-strapped villagers to contribute money towards Independence Day celebrations.

The villagers say ZANU PF officials behind this directive are the District Administrator Tawabarira Kutamahufa, the MPs for Mudzi West and North Aqualinah Katsande and Newton Kachepa, as well as Boy Katsande, a councillor in one of the Wards in the area.

Disgruntled villagers who spoke to SW Radio Africa correspondent Lionel Saungweme said they were being forced to pay between fifty cents and $1 each, while businesspeople were ordered to fork out $2-$5 each.

This is not the first time that the villagers in Mudzi have been forced to pay towards ZANU PF functions, a situation they are unhappy about.

Although the area is largely ZANU PF dominated, even the party’s supporters are unhappy with the way senior officials force them to donate money which most of them struggle to raise.

Mudzi district is also well-known for political violence perpetrated against opposition MDC-T supporters during election times.

MP Katsande and Kachepa have been implicated in a number of cases involving the harassment of MDC-T activists, including the murder of well-known MDC-T official Cephas Magura, whose case was reported to the SADC Tribunal.

MDC-T activists in the district have been denied food aid as punishment for supporting the opposition.

The country’s Independence Day falls on April 18th, and comes against a backdrop of a failing economy, company closures, job losses, and massive corruption in the public sector.

 

COMMENTS

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    John Thomas 7 years ago

    This is what you voted for. Stop moaning

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    God help you Zimbabweans.The evil bunch of Molluscs(lowest form of life) have stolen,raped and pillaged everything and yet they continue.For God’s sake stand up against this tyranny.God helps those who help themselves but not those who steal from others.

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    we got Zanu in we can also get it out.

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    I don’t see why the villagers are moaning.They vote time and time again for this Party. They know the score.Pay up. You voted. Kana mabhadhara moenda kunokura road so that the Chefs can drive safely to the local grouthpoint for the celebrations. duh!

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    Mukanya 7 years ago

    Bhora MUGEDHI!! vanhu we! mapindwa neyi? nyika yedu ine huchi nemukaka bhadharayi makanyarara.

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    The Mind Boggles 7 years ago

    You reap what you sow

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    Tongoona 7 years ago

    Yes, we got independence in 1980 and we were promised huchi nemukaka not knowing that we the populace were the bees to make honey and cows to provide milk for ZANU PF bigwigs whether we have the honey and milk or not. Now it is by force and fire. Zimbabwe has sunk into abject poverty except for crooks like the Mudzi ZANU PF leaders extorting money from the suffering poor and struggling local businesses. Pre-independence Zimbabweans suffered but not to the extent we have suffered under ZANU PF rule. The amount of suffering has reduced April 18, 1980 to a shameful day marking the beginning of the present economic disaster. Zimbabwe is now a failed state and it is advisable that the President declares our economic failure a national disaster. The impending Independence Day will be a symbolic celebration signifying nothing but extreme suffering of the majority. Independence Celebration or no independence celebration there is no difference. So why bother.

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      And so why don’t all Zimbabweans who long for true Independence shun Mugabe’s charade and do our own thing somewhere else. We must wake up and make a statement

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    Mixed Race 7 years ago

    What is wrong with these villagers? What can they do to you if you all refuse to pay even a cent?You are all paying for the system of total patronage and stupidity.

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    kutongwa nonjazi 7 years ago

    The truth is these people are desperate, fearful and trapped in the Zanu. PF tactics of survival. Pray for Zimbabwe. This is not by choice it’s forced support or death