By Lance Guma
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The Zanu PF MP for Chegutu West, Dexter Nduna, allegedly called in the riot police from Harare to chase away individuals who had bought cattle that had been auctioned by the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) to recover what he owed in unpaid NSSA premiums for his employees.
Nehanda Radio understands there was an auction held by NSSA in Chegutu last weekend to auction Mr Nduna’s cattle. At the end of the auction, those who had successfully bid and paid for the cattle, were informed that they could not collect their cattle without permits from the veterinary officer.
A source told us “they were therefore advised to wait for the vet officer. While they were waiting, a riot squad in full riot gear arrived from Harare and chased all the people away. All those who had paid, were told to collect their money from NSSA. Some of them were also assaulted by the riot police.”
Another source told Nehanda Radio:
“Mr Nduna abused his authority as an MP by conniving with some senior official to send the riot police all the way from Harare using state resources. If this was a legitimate matter, why did he not use Chegutu Police station? The people who paid their monies are very angry and do not know what to do since this is a matter involving a large organisation and a well connected politician.”
There are claims that Mr Nduna who owns the Badon Civil Engineering firm is currently broke having used most of his money to campaign in the elections last year. He even bankrolled the local football team – Chegutu Pirates. He has since handed over the team to the Chegutu Municipality, as he can no longer financially support the team.
“During the election campaign period, he was very popular among the youths as he used to buy lots of alcohol for the youth so that they could terrorize the public into voting for him,” another source said of the Zanu PF MP.
Efforts to reach Mr Nduna for comment on Sunday were not successful.
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