Another 'bhora musango' looming

MUTARE - Former Zanu PF Manicaland deputy provincial secretary for information and publicity Charles Samuriwo on Monday said he is afraid some senior party officials could be engaged in a discreet and new form of “Bhora Musango” through their failure to address the critical needs of restive supporters.

Samuriwo, who is now the spokesperson of the Manicaland Business Action Group (MBAG) said some unnamed senior Zanu PF officials at provincial and national level were deliberately failing the people to discredit the party and its senior members particularly President Robert Mugabe.

“There is a new form of Bhora Musango that is going on within the party,” Samuriwo said.

“Our supporters are being taken for a ride so they get angry at our leadership.

“This is a new format of Bhora Musango theory — where people sleep behind the wheel and won’t deliver employment opportunities for the people of Manicaland,” said Samuriwo during a heated meeting at the Queens Hall in Mutare  attended by Zanu PF supporters.

Samuriwo and his MBAG  executive were faced with the stark reality that the majority of Zanu PF supporters are tired of empty promises from their leadership.

“The issue here is not about disliking Zanu PF or the top leadership but it’s about disliking those that are an impediment to the success of indigenisation and economic empowerment of the majority of people,” said Samuriwo.

He spoke after Zanu PF supporters in Mutare District and members of the Marange Residents Empowerment Trust (MRET) issued an ultimatum to the former ruling party to forget expecting them to attend rallies and voting if they continue sidelining them in enjoying the proceeds from diamond mining in Chiadzwa.

The MRET is made up of hundreds of families uprooted from their former homes to pave way for the conventional mining of the gems in the Marange area.

Tracy Masvaure, a committee member of the organisation, said it would be better to stay home than “waste time attending party functions that fail to deliver on promises made”.

“We want to warn the leadership in our party that it is futile to keep taking us for granted. The time is up and we want action now and not speeches and promises on what is going to be done. We want to see development taking place in our areas,” said Masvaure.

“People are sick and tired of attending these meetings that do not resolve the problems people are facing. We need to see clinics, schools being built, roads constructed and youths and elders getting the jobs.”

Didymus Machiri, chairperson of MRET said he hoped they would be able to ensure their expectations are met by both the diamond mining firms and the Government of Zimbabwe.

“Our sole aim is to ensure the communities benefit from the mining of the diamonds in Manicaland Province. We have realised the people have been failed and we intend to resuscitate the debate on the issue,” said Machiri.

He said the formation of the Zimunya — Marange Community Share Ownership Trust was shrouded in mystery after the realisation that it was not registered at the Deeds Offices in Harare.

Machiri questioned how the Trust received an estimated $50 million dollars when it was unregistered and how the money had been utilised given the poverty that still haunts the communities who are said to be the beneficiaries.

The Zimunya-Marange Community Share Ownership Trust was officially launched by president Mugabe last year in Chiadzwa along with six others.

Earlier this month Manicaland provincial governor Chris Mushowe, during a Mines and Minerals Indaba in the eastern border city urged the diamond mining firms to fulfil their promises rather than widening the gap between “an island of wealthy and a sea of poverty.”

Mushowe called on the diamond companies to ensure employment of locals to address discontent from the locals.

He said he had not seen any development since the launch of the trust by president Mugabe. - Sydney Saize

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