Chiredzi West MP Darlington Chiwa
CHIREDZI – Chiredzi West Member of Parliament (MP), Darlington Chiwa is on a collision course with the Commercial Sugarcane Farmers Association of Zimbabwe (CSFAZ) chairperson Addmore Hwarare with both parties throwing damaging accusations at one another ranging from embezzlement of funds to refusing to support First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa.
Hwarare and Chiwa, who have been long time buddies, have stepped on each other’s toes after the latter, as claimed by the former, allegedly resigned from his executive position in the CSFAZ protesting against the donation of sugar to the First Lady.
Chiwa, in response, wrote a letter referenced ‘Protest against First Lady by resignation’ to Zanu PF Masvingo provincial chairperson Ezra Chadzamira exonerating himself from Hwarare’s claims.
Chiwa blamed Hwarare for embezzling CSFAZ funds soon after he stepped in office in November last year.
“It became clear in that meeting that the current chairman of the association cannot account $160 000 (farmers levies) that was in the associations account when he took over. Procedurally the executive demanded a finances report which the chairman could not produce,” reads the letter.
Chiwa also refuted that he resigned in protest against CSFAZ’s donation to Auxilia and argued that if he was against donating to her; he would have withdrawn his subscription from CSFAZ.
“The allegation that I chose to resign as a protest to a donation of sugar to the First Lady are false. Resigning from the executive is not resigning from the association. If I wanted to bar the First Lady from receiving that donation I could have withdrawn my subscriptions,” reads the letter.
Hwarare who was involved in an accident could not be reached for a comment as his mobile was not reachable. local.