leader has been forcing relief aid beneficiaries – mostly widows to share their
food with his friends and relatives who are ineligible to benefit from the
programme, it has emerged.
Zimbabwe Political Victims Foundation Trust (ZPVFT) coordinator Nyasha Gombe
has since launched a police report against Kamucheka village head Andrew
Chitaka together with his assistant Morgan Dzenga.
He alleges that on August 21, the two ordered at least 30 Action Aid
beneficiaries in Nyanga Ward 2 to give up $60 to select friends and relatives
who are not on the aid list.
of the Action Aid relief programme get $180 every month to cushion them against
extreme poverty and deprivation.
the victims of Chitaka and Dzenga’s alleged extortion is Mariam Teta (60), a
window who cares for her orphaned granddaughter.
was reportedly forced to hand over $60 to newly-wedded Gabriel Nyakatsapa, who
is close to the traditional leader.
said he filed a report at Ruwangwe Police Station Sunday, claiming the
extortionate practice was getting out of hand.
said his organisation was deeply concerned at the unethical behaviour.
ZPVFT, we are deeply concerned at this abuse of authority by traditional
leaders and we have since made a police report to protect the rights of these
people,” Gombe said.
to get a confirmation of police report were unsuccessful due to bad network
incident open sheds more light on traditional leaders’ influence on aid as they
are often accused of including specific individuals and households on aid lists
while excluding more deserving people on such basis as political correctness.