A ZANU PF MP is reportedly blocking political opponents and well-wishers from donating to schools and helping poor people in his constituency.
Soul Dzuma, who represents Buhera West in the National Assembly, allegedly ordered Munyaradzi and Mudzamiri primary schools to return doors and roofing sheets to a well-wisher.
The building material was donated by Maxwell Chikwangwani, a businessman and ZANU PF politician who is also an aspiring candidate after appeals for help.
Chikwangwani told The Mirror that Dzuma is threatening school heads and ordering them to return cement, sports kits and other donations made to schools.
The aspiring MP also claimed that Dzuma blocked donations of foodstuffs to be made to the elderly, the orphans and vulnerable children.
Dzuma confirmed to The Mirror that he is indeed blocking well-wishers from making donations in his constituency because he fears losing elections. He said:
I will not allow thieves and the opposition to assist my people, they reduce my chances of winning next year’s election.
Chikwangwani is a ‘thief’ who stole Presidential Scheme inputs from Buhera and sold them in Murehwa.
Where did the young man get the money to donate to villagers?
… I cannot allow the CCC party to dole out donations in my area.
These people will not vote for ZANU PF if they receive such donations.
ZANU PF spokesperson for Manicaland, Sam Matema said it is wrong for politicians to block people trying to help the vulnerable, and promised to talk to Dzuma about the issue.
Chikwangwani said that he was now having to make donations through churches. He said:
I donated building materials to Munyaradzi and Mudzamiri primary schools after school authorities approached me for help.
To my surprise, they were ordered to return the materials to me. What is more baffling is that Dzuma himself is unable to assist them.
I’m a businessman and I have hardware shops. I have a moral obligation to assist communities in my area.
Dzuma once ordered some elderly people to return groceries that I had bought for them. This is despite the fact that they did not have food.
CCC Manicaland Provincial spokesperson David Panganai told The Mirror that his party was being blocked by Dzuma from carrying out activities or assisting clinics and schools with donations.