Nyasha N Mukapiko
Zanu PF legislator for Mhondoro Mubaira George Gangarahwe is diverting drought relief maize meant for his constituency to Norton residents for allegedly vote buying, former Zanu PF for Mashonaland West province Temba Mliswa hinted on Tuesday.
Mliswa who is contesting as an independent candidate against Zanu PF’s Ronald Chandedza echoed the sentiments while giving an update on the Norton by-election scheduled for the 22nd of October 2016 at a press conference in the capital.
“Members of Parliament drought relief program are meant for the rural areas, so it has come to my attention that the Honourable Member of Parliament for Mhondoro-Mubaira, George Gangrahwe has been signing for maize to go to Mhondoro from GMB Norton. So what he has done is that he signs for maize and gives it to Ronald Chandedza in Norton …we have the evidence”, Mliswa revealed.
Mliswa indicated that maize was being distributed to ward 14 residents which include Mutobvu among other places measuring 2 gallons per-each individual for vote buying purposes.
Though he did not reveal further details Mliswa said he had a number plate of the vehicle which was being used in the dirty dealings.
“Very soon I will be writing to the police and I will wait to see the outcome of the investigations on this matter accordingly and I will also approach the World Food Programme (WFP) for details on its distribution process”, Mliswa said.
In a phone interview, the Mhondoro Mubaira legislator denied the allegations saying he didn’t knew anything about the matter.
“I know nothing about that; He (Mliswa) must do his research. Yes, people are being given drought relief maize in Mhondoro but I’m not the one in charge, it is the councillors”, Gangarahwe denied.
Gangarahwe confirmed that Norton was one of the deport where drought relief maize were being collected besides the other two deports identified as Mubaira and Chegutu.
Headman Aaron Gobvu revealed that many people living with HIV/AIDs under his jurisdiction in Chivero village of Mhondoro were likely to quit medication due to hunger after a visit in March this year
About 4 million people, mostly in rural areas were left vulnerable and in need of food aid after the El-nino induced drought hit the country last year.
Gangarahwe was elected as the Mhondoro-Mubaira legislator in January this year after the parliamentary seat fell vacant following the expulsion of Sylvester Nguni from Zanu PF for being aligned to Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) leader Joice Mujuru last year.
Nyasha N Mukapiko