Zanu PF South Africa District has slammed the planned July 31 demonstration saying they are meant to divert attention from the ongoing fight against graft by a stance taken by Government and has seen opposition figures including MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa being fingered in land scams.
The District’s spokesperson Cde Kennedy Mandaza yesterday told The Herald that it was ‘shameful, anti-Zimbabwean and misguided’ of the opposition to put the lives of millions at risk at a time President Mnangagwa is making the much needed reforms.
Cde Mandaza said Zimbabweans in the diaspora were fully behind Government’s stance on corruption following the net it has cast on the wayward.
“We, ZANU PF members living in the Diaspora condemn the planned protests by some opposition parties and civic organizations dubbed ‘#31 July Mass protests’ as, shameful, irresponsible, selfish, anti-Zimbabwean, misguided and a desperate attempt to subvert and undermine legitimate efforts made by the progressive leader, His Excellency Comrade Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa (ED) and the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe in combating the scourge of COVID 19 pandemic and championing Vision 2030 which seeks to take Zimbabwe to a middle-income economy,” he said.
“This is the message from ZANU PF Zimbabweans in the diaspora residing in Canada, Far East Asia, Namibia, South Africa, United Kingdom and Europe, United States of America, and all peace loving Zimbabweans living in the Diaspora.
“The current government under the able stewardship of His Excellency President Mnangagwa is on record fighting corruption and its attendant challenges, making the the necessary reforms in conformity with the dictates of the Zimbabwe constitution.”
Cde Mandaza said President Mnangagwa had opened the country’s political space by initiating dialogue hence that was the only way to the betterment of people’s livelihoods. He urged all progressive and peace loving Zimbabweans to take this path.
He reiterated that cheap political gimmicks and grandstanding would do more harm than good.
“The President has opened his doors for dialogue and engagement with all peace loving people inside and outside Zimbabwe. There is ample evidence that the government is fighting graft, attending to the challenges of shortages, leakages of money, unemployment and welfare of the workers among many other efforts to improve the economy and standard of living of Zimbabweans.
“It is from the planning stages that 31 July mass protest is an attempt by the opposition parties and civic organisation to pursue their longstanding regime change agenda by masking it as a fight for corruption. It is an evil attempt to cause unrest and despondency among the citizenry, hence our strongest call for the demonstration to be condemned by all peace loving Zimbabweans,” said Cde Mandaza.
Meanwhile, MDC Alliance leader Mr Nelson Chamisa has been sucked into the latest swirl of residential stands allocation scam in the capital city, amid revelations that the opposition has been stripping the council of land to finance its subversive intentions and prepare for the 2023 harmonised elections.
“Mr Chamisa was allocated a 3 000-square-metre stand number 19740 in Gunhill. There is no record of payment. His brother Starman was allocated a residential stand measuring 2 000 square metres opposite the United States embassy in Westgate in 2019, the stand was only paid for recently, this is despite the fact that he had a stand in Sunningdale allocated on a recreational tennis court. He, however, sold the stand in connivance with Matthew Marara.
Marara, the council human resources and former housing director, has since been arrested.
“Another beneficiary is Mr Murisi Zwizai who got a stand behind Borrowdale Police Station, again without following the council processes,” said a senior council official in the housing department.
Asked for a comment, Mr Chamisa’s spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda said: “We need to go through what you are saying.”
With councillors playing ball, the MDC-A then compromised persons occupying positions of influence in government institutions such as the police and the judiciary.
Information gleaned by The Herald revealed that top cops, senior judicial officers including those from the Prosecutor General offices and the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) were “bought by residential stands” even though they were not on the waiting list.
“Four ZACC investigators, including a commissioner, were given residential stands in Greendale. The police were also compromised, especially the law and order section, the homicide department and also the commercial crimes unit, those people were bought through the elaborate scheme so that when the situation comes to light it would be handled with friendly forces. The majority of residential stands in wetlands in Westlea were given to police officers and senior officials in the judiciary,” another councillor told this publication.
Besides giving land to councillors, the police and other key officials, the MDC corruption web also included its political activists such as Mr Mfundo Mlilo, who got a 3 000-square-metre stand opposite PetroTrade along the Bulawayo Road and Mr Pedzisai Ruhanya, who got a stand even though he was not on the housing waiting list.