Chiyangwa speaks on tour funding

Chiyangwa speaks on tour funding | The Herald 14 October 2014

The First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe’s “Meet the People tours” across all provinces are being financed by “private money” and not taxpayers’ funds, businessman Cde Philip Chiyangwa has said.
Zanu-PF spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo left the door open for speculation yesterday after telling a newspaper that, “I really don’t know where the funding is coming from”.
This allowed the paper to speculate that the “mega-rallies, attended by Cabinet ministers and top civil servants, could be feeding from the ailing national fiscus”.

Cde Chiyangwa hit out at the claims, revealing that he chairs a committee which raises funds to sponsor the First Lady’s programmes ahead of her expected assumption of the post of Secretary for Women’s Affairs at the Zanu-PF National People’s Congress in December.

“I chair the committee on funding the First Lady’s programmes,” he said.
“We have sponsors. If there is anything that has been said about money, it’s private money, it’s a fund that was brewed during the Women’s League Conference following the chaotic Youth Conference.”

Cde Chiyangwa was speaking in Gwanda, Matabeleland South, where the First Lady addressed the sixth rally of her national tour.
“It became clear to us that unless we put together a more formidable position regarding funding, the whole programme related to the secretary for women’s affairs designate, we’ll have problems,” he said.

Cde Chiyangwa, who made his fortune in real estate, added: “There is no question of how much we’ve spent. People who are spending this money are willing to spend it to support her.
“This is money nobody should even talk to me about, or ask me. It’s funds that will continue to flow until her programme gets to December.”

Cde Chiyangwa declined to name other members of the committee.
“I have identified myself as the chairman,” he said curtly.

President Mugabe’s spokesman Mr George Charamba added: “Comrade Gumbo’s ignorance of the funding does not mean that the rallies are funded by the State.”
Cde Charamba pointed out that the First Lady was a “woman of means” with an impressive business portfolio, adding that her security — which has meant she uses an Air Force helicopter to reach certain venues — was rightly being handled by State agencies.

“As the First Lady, we look at issues of security, convenience and availability of the plane and these are benefits that ordinarily the First Family would receive,” he said.
“Wherever she goes, private or public, she should have security and her staff.”


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    shoko 8 years ago

    Keep it up chairman. Good work.

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    gonzo 8 years ago


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    I doubt if anybody in this Government has PRIVATE MONEY.

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    revenger avenger 8 years ago

    1. Criminal chiyangwa is not a businessman – he is looting fraudster with many failed briefcase companies shelf. 2. Fraudster chiyangwa did not make his fortune in real estate his tainted blood money comes from plundering zpf patronage. 3. This pompous arrogant well known child abuser is actually a common thief. 4. Mob justice will smartly dispossess this charlatan rogue and his relatives of his stolen obscene wealth.scumrade shook is welcome to join his hero at our snake pit in our new chikkers. 5. The list of zpf terrorists due for incarceration is very very long but this swaggering cockroach is near the top of the list. 6. his lot are 100% doomed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Doris 8 years ago

    Hear hear!

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    Netsai 8 years ago

    Chiyangwa ex BSAP. Pasi newe you thief, liar and charlaton. Tremble with fear for what will come, by gods will.

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    Mixed Race 8 years ago

    The problem with people like G Charamba is that they do not know the difference between party and government business.In this country they think the party is above national government.I cannot see any business managing to donate funds when 99% of the remaining companies are struggling to survive.We have people who can lie without clear conscience among us.I have seen two air force helicopters plus one civilian type in this current entourage.

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    sabhuku 8 years ago

    The Chiyangwa led committee believes that Zimbabwe needs more rallies and not jobs. If indeed they worked hard for that money they would be rescuing ailing companies.