Ex-detainees dethrone chairman over graft

HARARE - Zimbabwe Ex-Political Prisoners Detainees Restrictees Association (ZEPPDRA) has passed a vote of no confidence on the Victor Kuretu-led executive amid allegations of corruption and insubordination.

An ad hoc committee led by Francis Kunaka has since been set up to run the affairs of the association for three months pending congress.

Minutes of a December 1 meeting seen by the Daily News — attended by Simon Khaya Moyo, the Zanu PF national chairman, and over 200 members drawn from across the country, show that members unanimously expressed no confidence in Kuretu’s leadership.

“The meeting passed a vote of no confidence particularly on the national leadership particularly V Kuretu, the national chairman and Cde S Chitsama, the national treasurer for their high degree of corruption and running the association’s affairs on a personal business basis,” the minutes read.

Percy Kuzvinzwa, ZEPPDRA interim secretary- general, told the Daily News Kuretu and his executive were incompetent and abused the association’s Progressive Insurance funeral policy fund.

Kuzvinzwa alleged that members were intimidated into joining the funeral policy after they were told they could not be members unless they agreed to join the fund.

He further alleged that Kuretu and his executive were receiving kickbacks from the insurance company for mobilising the association’s 11 000 members to join.

“They were given over $70 000 from the funeral policy and they splashed it with very little care, buying ploughs for a few members without even consulting them,” Kuzvinzwa said.

“They are also getting $1 from each of the over 11 000 members of the association’s contribution from the insurance company as commission every month for forcing members to join.”

However, Kuretu refuted the allegations insisting he was still the national chairman of the association.

He however, refused to comment on the numerous allegations levelled against his executive.

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