By Tererai Karimakwenda
A loyal ZANU PF supporter gave out free housing stands to families in Mutare last week, with the condition that they vote for Robert Mugabe and his party’s candidates in the next election and bring others to do the same.
Singing Mugabe’s praises and comparing to him to the Biblical David, Destiny for Africa Network founder Obadiah Musindo distributed 1,200 residential stands to ZANU PF supporters only in Mutare. His speech at the project launch was said to be full of references to the next election.
“How many of you are ready to vote for ZANU PF? Every one of you should bring at least five people to vote for ZANU PF in the next elections and make sure that we win,” Musindo was quoted as saying.
MDC-T spokesman for Manicaland, Pishai Muchauraya, told SW Radio Africa Musindo also told the beneficiaries use their new house addresses from the stands when they vote in the next elections.
Muchauraya dismissed the project as an attempt to buy support from urban residents who abandoned Mugabe and his party in the 2008 poll. Mutare is in Manicaland Province, where ZANU PF lost lost 20 out of 26 constituencies to the MDC-T in that last election.
“Most ZANU PF big shots lost to MDC-T candidates in Manicaland. This is where Patrick Chinamasa and Oppah Muchinguri were defeated. So they are trying to get back those seats. But people here will never vote ZANU PF again. They know all the tricks used on them last time around,” Muchauraya said.
The feisty MDC-T provincial spokesman also pointed to the continued hijacking of the government’s grain loan scheme by ZANU PF officials in rural areas of Manicaland. He said poor villagers are being denied grain that could save their lives because they support the MDC.
Muchauraya also said he had received some sad news Monday. Senator Josiah Mukayi Rimbi from Chipinge had died at the age of 73. He had suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure and was being treated at Murambi Gardens Clinic.
According to Muchauraya the Senator left 8 children and 11 grandchildren. Arrangements for his burial have not yet been made. SW Radio Africa
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