VP Chiwenga warns aid looters, urges voters not to vote for those who refuse to participate in dialogue

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Government will decisively deal with irresponsible individuals who abuse or distribute aid along partisan lines, Vice President Dr Constantino Chiwenga has said.

The Vice President said this yesterday to scores of villagers at Masasa Primary School in Chikomba at the handover of food aid to affected communities in Mashonaland East.

Cde Chiwenga also said the President and Head of State, Cde Mnangagwa will this week lead a delegation of all political parties participating in the ongoing national dialogue to Chimanimani to assess the damage caused by Cyclone Idai.

He said President Mnangagwa will tour all the four provinces — Manicaland, Mashonaland East, Masvingo and parts of the Midlands — that were affected.

“Next week, all the parties that are participating in the national dialogue agreed to accompany the President and visit Chimanimani in order to assess and try to assist with solutions to the tragedy that devastated that area.

“Those who refuse to participate in the dialogue will show that they do not care about the people of Zimbabwe.

“This is why you should ask them when they come here looking for votes where they were when disaster was on your door,” he said.

Nelson Chamisa has stuck to his guns refusing to take part in the so-called National Dialogue citing insincerity on the part of the Zanu PF strongmen.

At least five opposition political parties, which initially joined the discussions, have pulled out, accusing the President of having dirty hands.

Violet Mariyacha, leader of the less known United Democracy Movement (UDM), this week became the fifth party to walk out of the talks following Nkosana Moyo’s Alliance of People’s Agenda (APA), Daniel Shumba’s United Democratic Alliance and Noah Manyika’s Build Zimbabwe Alliance, as well as People’s Progressive Party of Zimbabwe, led by Timothy Chiguvare.

The parties accuse Mnangagwa of insincerity, saying the talks would not amount to anything as long as MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa was not part of the initiative.

VP Chiwenga said there was urgent need to provide aid to affected families, especially those in the worst affected areas, as their burden had been compounded by the drought-plagued 2018/2019 agricultural season.

“When aid is being distributed, we plead with all Government workers, councillors and all those involved in the distribution not to steal any of the donations, but to take them to the appropriate beneficiaries,” said VP Chiwenga.

“The donations must reach the most affected areas.

“Our bad situation has been compounded by the drought, but we want to assure you that no one will die of hunger.

“All households will be given aid coming from Government.

“But when this aid is being distributed, we do not want you to look at the beneficiaries’ totem or political affiliation, we want it to be given to every Zimbabwean.”

The Vice President said after assessing the extent of devastation and quantum of resources needed to repair the damaged infrastructure, Government will devise a plan of action to start the rehabilitation works.

— SundayMail


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