Grace donations looted

via Grace donations looted – NewsDay Zimbabwe October 13, 2015

ZANU PF supporters and legislators in Manicaland yesterday claimed the bulk of goods donated by First Lady Grace Mugabe during her tour of Chimanimani in the province last Thursday, were looted by State security agents and other top government officials, leaving the intended beneficiaries — the villagers — with nothing to take home.


Grace donated various goods — which included 25 000 litres of cooking oil, 3 000 bars of washing soap, 3 120 tablets of bath soap, 240kg of washing power, 4 358 pairs of shoes, 100 tonnes of fertiliser, maize and rice — and tasked security agents to distribute them to the needy villagers.

Buhera South MP Joseph Chinotimba initially said: “We heard about that and we investigated.”

He, however, later backtracked, saying the suspects were released after it emerged that they had been wrongly accused.

Chinotimba, however, admitted that the majority of people from his constituency went home empty-handed because the distribution was done well into the night.

“The people of Buhera did not receive anything. The distribution was done late, but you can ask (acting Zanu PF Manicaland chairman Samuel) Undenge,” he said.

Undenge’s phone went unanswered for most of yesterday when NewsDay sought his comment.

Others said some people in Chimanimani were livid, as the bulk of the foodstuffs and other donated items never got to the intended recipients.

“The rally ended late and the distribution was slow, so people had to leave and go to their homes. Some came from far-away places and it was not worth waiting,” a Zanu PF member, who refused to be named, said.

“However, they are angry that employed people, who receive monthly salaries, would steal from poor villagers.
“We reported the matter to Undenge and we are waiting for his response.”

Some party members allege the donated items were now being sold by vendors.

“It was survival of the fittest,” a legislator who declined to be named said.

“There was chaos, but at the end, we didn’t see what happened to the majority of the donated goods.”

Police in Manicaland said they had not received any theft reports, while Provincial Affairs minister Mandi Chimene could not be reached for comment, as she was said to be in a meeting.


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    R Judd 7 years ago

    This is the problem when you are corrupt and promote an atmosphere of general corruption. Did Grace pay for any of these goods herself? Or did she loot and is now trying to take the credit for what others have paid for against their will?

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      MikeH 7 years ago

      Most likely the latter, I doubt she would pay for anything. Much, if not all, would have been donated to her cause by bootlickers.

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        Collin 7 years ago

        Mike shut up man, where the first lady paid or not the fact is that she had a good a noble idea to feed the local community.

        Shut up man sick of people disrespecting and over looking the good work.

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          Just Fools 7 years ago

          Collin, You shut up man !!! Read between the lines. You honestly think that Grace gave donations from the goodness of her heart? No way! It’s the ZANU way of buying votes. Duh!

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          Only Fools 7 years ago

          Collin you shut up man! You think Grace donated from the goodness of her heart? No way! She’s just buying votes, just as Mugarbage and ZANU have done for years and years. Duh!

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    Tinomunamataishe 7 years ago

    This is Zanu PF doing what it does best – looting. No surprises here.

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    Tjingababili0 7 years ago


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    Adam Jones 7 years ago

    Most of the items are confiscated from cross boarder traders and others visiting home from economic exile. From that Dr Disgrace keeps the best for son Chatunga and herself. The unwanted rest she uses to dangle at her rallies where the poor, hungry and gullible are either enticed or threatened and forced to attend. Afterwards, of cause, who cares about who gets the loot. Once the typist ‘Dr’ is done using the forced and the gullible, she returns to her old bwidi hubby at state house.

    Meanwhile, customs officials are busy building up the loot for the Mash Central rally of the forced and the gullible.

    Come post that rally and the wonded Mash Centralians plus the bussed-in, will be crying foul saying they did not get anything. All the loot was looted.

    You see …. all Dr Disgrace wants is a crowd to which she can shout insults on a promise of so called goodies. She uses these rallies to feather her nest and we have to see the nudity in her. She is the nude one. I saw right through her ….. She looks far older than her age … far far older ….