Musikavanhu has defended his stance to deny opposition MDC members and
supporters access to government-run food aid scheme, saying people who did not
‘respect’ President Emmerson Mnangagwa did not deserve to benefit.
amateurish social media video addressing a small crowd of party supporters.
Tongaat Hullett Zimbabwe employees that did not subscribe to the
government-aligned Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions (ZFTU) from benefitting
from the programme.
by Mnangagwa during his visit to Chiredzi earlier in the week.
the United Nations (UN) special rapporteur on food.
Musikavanhu said he was unapologetic about his stance regarding the programme.
the President’s inputs. How do you expect me to work with people who do not
show respect for the President?” said Musikavanhu.
workers had shown disrespect for Mnangagwa, Musikavanhu could not provide a
satisfactory answer except say the media could go to his constituency and make
an assessment of how he related with the people.
them. I have made clear that I cannot work with MDC leaders on the programme,”
said Musikavanhu, who is a former top executive at Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe.
members to benefit from the programme, Musikavanhu said he could not promise as
he was not responsible for policy-making in the party.
Musikavanhu tells the sugarcane employees who are members of the Zimbabwe
Sugarcane Milling Industry Workers Union (ZSMIWU) that they should affiliate
with the pro-government Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions (ZFTU) and shun the
Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)!
body? And you know ZFTU belongs to Zanu PF right? Being the umbrella body? I
therefore cannot be with you if you say you do not like ZFTU; that would be
giving the party and President Mnangagwa a hard time. As workers, the union we
have here is under the federation so if you say ZSMIWU is not under ZFTU, you
are saying down with Zanu PF!
President Mnangagwa’s food. We have an MDC councillor here but he will not have
a bite on this one. This food that I have brought here will not be given to an
scumbags as workers, but here we are doing Zanu PF business. Stop corrupting
the party because of your greed for positions in ZSMIWU. I myself will never
sell-out the Zanu PF party. I actually quit my job so that I could represent
you,” Musikavanhu is seen saying!
Gilbert Mutubuki of MDC who released a statement criticising Musikavanhu for
politicising food aid and inputs purchased using taxpayers’ money.
over the weekend. He is clueless about how to represent our Constituency. We
are going to respond by approaching the office of the DA and PA. We are also
going to take legal action against Musikavanhu. I will represent anyone in my
Ward despite of his or her political affiliation,” said Mutubuki.