MASVINGO – District Development Co-ordinator (DDC), Chiedza Tafirei says she has a list of Gutu councillors who have been stealing and selling Government inputs and food aid meant for the poor but will not report them to the Police.
She said one way by which she unearthed the scam is by parking and sitting inside a Honda Fit by the entrance to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) each time councillors collected aid relief from the parastatal. She would then observe councillors and transporters selling inputs and grain to members of the public.
Tafirei revealed this during a full council meeting at Gutu RDC boardroom on Wednesday. Gutu which has 41 councillors; three of them MDC A and the rest Zanu PF is rocked by allegations of corruption. Violence has also been common in Gutu over politicisation of food aid.
She however, said that she had decided to pardon the councillors by not reporting the matter to Police but warned that anyone found on the wrong side of the law particularly in 2022 (just a year before the general elections) will be fired.
Tafirei said she caught some of the councillors red-handed but refused to name the culprits despite calls by some in the meeting to do so.
Tafirei denied making the statements when contacted for a comment by The Mirror. However, several councillors who spoke on condition of anonymity said the civil servant was hiding behind a finger.
Provincial Welfare Officer Stanislaus Sanyangowe said he would take up the matter with the Provincial Development Coordinator (PDC) Jefter Sakupwanya.
“She came into the meeting and asked council chairman Nicholas Zambara for an opportunity to address councillors. She stood up and warned councillors to stop stealing relief aid in 2022 and I think this is a strategy not to soil her party’s name (Zanu PF) ahead of the elections,” said a councillor who declined to be named.
“Ndine mazita emacouncillors vari kutora chibage nemainputs ewelfare vachitengesera paGMB. Vamwe vacho two ndakavabata ndega vachitengesera mainputs pamukova weGMB. Ikozvino ndichakuregererai asi mukuzvipamha gore rinouya muna 2022 munoenda. Muna 2022 haitiiti zvokutamba. (I have a list of councillors who are selling inputs and social welfare food. I personally caught two of the councillors at the entrance to GMB. I am pardoning all of them for now but if you repeat it in 2022, you will be fired,” allegedly said Tafirei.
Gutu RDC Chief Executive Officer Alexander Mtembwa declined to comment and referred questions to Tafirei.
Tafirei has always been accused by the MDC of being a Zanu PF activist.
MDC A Ward 34 councillor Wickliff Matindike last year accused her of allowing the local authority to channel drought relief aid to his ward through a Zanu PF candidate Susan Samatanga who lost the elections.
All MDC A councillors are excluded from distributing Government aid.
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