Village heads reject Presidential inputs
Gutu – Village heads from Ward 37 in Gutu Central have refused to receive 200 bags of Compound D fertiliser brought for distribution under the Presidential Inputs Scheme by the local councillor.
The distribution was supposed to happen at Tachi Business Center near Mukaro on Thursday and the lorry was forced to return with its load.
Councillor Gabriel Mapepa confirmed the incident but accused drunk youths for disrupting the distribution process.
Sources however, told The Mirror that it was the village heads who came together and decided to refuse the fertiliser allegedly because Mapepa had allocated more bags to his home which is called Chipangane B.
The village heads refused to accept the fertilizer after the councillor briefed them about the situation.
They came from the meeting and told the villagers to reject the fertilizer until the councillor brought the missing bags that had been allocated to Chipangane B.
Ward 37 is divided into two distribution centres, one at Tachi which is Chipangane A and another near Gutu Mission which is Chipangane B.
“We stopped the distribution yesterday because some rowdy youths disrupted the meeting. It was not the village heads who rejected the inputs” said Mapepa.
Sources said Mapepa had distributed 290 bags to his home area and 200 to Tachi and four villagers are supposed to share a bag.
The sources said the councillor is desperately trying to woo voters in the upper part of the ward in areas around Gutu mission which is occupied by the working class who largely support the opposition.
Some people expressed disdain at the manner in which presidential inputs were being distributed in the ward and said it is not the first time the distribution of inputs ended in chaos.
They alleged that last year almost 20 bags of fertilizer from the Presidential input scheme disappeared and the councillor failed to account for them.
“We are disappointed by the way presidential inputs are being distributed in our ward. The councillor uses them to fulfil his ambitions. Last time 20 bags disappeared and this time the councillor wants to manipulate us again” said a disgruntled villager.