Special Advisor to President Mnangagwa and ZANU PF aspiring National assembly representative for Norton , comrade Chris Mutsvangwa has come under fire over accusations of fake donations and pledges at various funerals in his desired constituency.
The war veterans leader has allegedly been on a crusade of phoney pledges as he seeks to win the hotly contested seat in the small town.
Recently during a funeral in Ward 12 for one Nyarai Kabwabwa , Mutsvangwa ‘gave’ money amounting to $105 which was allegedly in response to opponent Temba Mliswa who had given $20.
However matters came to a head when the ‘given’ money was requested for sundry expenses and it was discovered that it was not there.
The previous week Mutsvangwa gave another false pledge when he ‘gave’ $60 at the funeral of another villager, Isaac Moyo in Mutubva compound.
Again the money was not there when it was sought by the relatives for use.
One relative for the late Moyo said Mutsvangwa’s people had explained that they would rectify the matter.
Speaking about the strange incidents Tonderai Chigodora, Political Commissar for opponent Temba Mliswa said it was unfortunate Mutsvangwa had decided to go so low in his bid to canvass support.
“As politicians we should be able to draw a line between politicking and ethical issues that define our cultural humanity. Funerals are sacrosanct events where despite our political differences we should be able to show respect both to the departed and the remaining relatives”, he said.
However ZANU PF District Youth Chairman for the area Lyson Rafamoyo could neither deny nor confirm the strange happenings.
“I have not heard about that. I cannot say much because I hearing it from you”, he said.
To worsen the matters Mutsvangwa has also been under fire after he took District Development Fund (DDF) trucks and went around Norton alleging he was sponsoring their activities which include borehole drilling.
This has been disputed by his political opponents with Mliswa writing to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) alleging gross electoral malpractices by the war veteran.
Efforts to get a comment about the allegations from Mutsvangwa proved fruitless.