Mugabe's inputs: Abusers face jail

MASVINGO - Davis Marapira, deputy minister of Agriculture, has warned that Zanu PF officials who abuse President Robert Mugabe’s farming inputs by selling them on the black market face jail.

In an address to scores of party supporters at the Masvingo President’s Well Wishers’ Inputs Scheme in Chikwanda communal lands on Friday, the deputy minister said the government will not hesitate to throw behind bars, all those who sell the inputs for personal financial gain.

Marapira’s calls come in the wake of reports that the inputs donated by Mugabe were not reaching intended beneficiaries and ending up on the parallel market.

“I am different to your old ministers and will do things differently,” Marapira warned.

“So I want to warn those that have been in the habit of selling these inputs that you will go to jail. If you see someone selling the inputs donated by the president, call me and I will send a driver to fetch cops to arrest that person.”

Marapira, who is also the Masvingo North legislator, has since ordered  traditional leaders to back off from the distribution of the farming inputs amid corruption allegations.

The distribution is now done by government employees in the districts.

“The distribution will be done through the office of the provincial and district administrators with the help of Arex extension officers and should benefit everyone,” he said.

He said the scheme will benefit over  200 000 families in the province as thousands of tonnes of inputs will be made available.

Each farmer received 10kg bag of maize seed, sorghum and fertilisers, all supplied by SeedCo.

Marapira said the law will be applied without fear or favour.

“We are not going to let them walk free if they abuse our president’s scheme because this will be great betrayal to our leader and the nation,” he said. “People should benefit and plough their land to combat perennial food shortages that have been haunting the country over the years.”

The deputy minister’s call was welcomed by villagers who claimed that they have been sidelined by top political        officials and traditional leaders in the distribution of the inputs.

“We support the minister’s calls and those who loot the scheme and later sell to us the intended beneficiaries should  rot in jail because they are criminals,” said Tichafa Makura from Chikwanda.

“The scheme is clear it is for us the disadvantaged villagers who cannot afford the prices of seed and  other inputs in the shops but the big guns divert the food  and loot to make money.”

Other villagers said the minister’s distribution proposal to use civil servants and not politicians was a masterstroke.

Comments (12)

Barking dogs never bite.No one in Zanu pf can go to jail because of corruption.Marapira is daydreaming.He will be surprised that if he raises a finger ,he will either lose that ministerial post or be chucked out of the party .Mark my words.That party thrives on corruption and peoples'misery.

Welly - 28 October 2013

Hahahahahaha it just goes to show that some people are children in this party. Don't you know that its the honest that goes to jail or even that get killed. How many Zanu PF people have gone to jail due to corruption? If you can give me just one name you would have done a good job. Do you know that Masimirembwa and the big guys he wanted to name in his diamond scandal are still living large despite their corruption charges? On the contrary how many people have perished as they tried to tell the truth as it is? I guess you have a million.

Exiled - 28 October 2013

Vanhu vaba zviro zve mbavha hombe.... Mukuru ne mutungamiri weuwori abirwa.....

Rasta Wembiri - 28 October 2013

the first person to go to jail is Chihuri. then we will believe in anti corruption

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The Truth - 28 October 2013

wana Marapira watswa wetsambo everybody knows what the law says so why wasting our time by warning perpetrators instead of acting. l totally agree with the above comments

taipei - 28 October 2013

Mbavha ngadzibatwe kwete kungotaura

BEN - 28 October 2013

Ko Chibage arikupi?

Hazvie - 28 October 2013

kusungwa nani usatipatisa idyai isu tichifa nenzara

kenzo - 28 October 2013

kusungwa nani usatipatisa idyai isu tichifa nenzara

kenzo - 28 October 2013

@Hazvie Chibange naMasimirembwa vari kudzimba dzavo. Ko vangatyei zvavo iyo ZANU ichingova yembavha dzega?

Makudo Mumunda - 28 October 2013

Thank you,Hon Marapira. Wish you luck. Not many in your corrupt party will take your comments kindly coz they are used to corrupt ways. Seems its the only they know how to operate as leaders. The ordinary citizen has no capacity to loot or hijack a whole gonyet of goods for to sell in their shops. We saw what happened with BACOS which lasted a mere two issues and was abandoned by ZPF coz the goods ended up on the shelves of their shops, leaving the people high and dry.

Stanley - 28 October 2013

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