Anti-Mahofa protests rock Chiredzi

HARARE - Zanu PF supporters in Masvingo on Monday staged protests against provincial heavyweights Shuvai Mahofa and Josiah Hungwe, who they accuse of leading invasions of land belonging to sugar producing company Tongaat Hullet.

Despite the fact that President Robert Mugabe in June this year ordered Lands minister Douglas Mombeshora, his Psychomotor counterpart Hungwe and Masvingo Provincial minister Mahofa from settling people on the company-owned land, the Zanu PF bigwigs did not oblige.

The defiance by the Zanu PF bigwigs, who are linked to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s faction, consequently triggered protests in Chiredzi, as fed up party supporters, who are also employed by the giant sugar producer, took matters into their hands.

The party’s Masvingo provincial chairperson Amasa Nenjana told the Daily News yesterday that his executive had failed to help the party supporters in Chiredzi who are being prejudiced by the land grabs because “some of our colleagues are involved”.

“On Monday, Zanu PF supporters who are employed by the company and others who are not, demonstrated against party provincial officials who are taking up land that belongs to Tongaat against a directive by the president not to do so,” Nenjana said.

“They argue that the company that is giving them a living by way of employment is being ill treated against the wish of the president, so they want the party leaders to respect the head of State.

“I was supposed to have joined them but there was a problem where the police had initially declined to clear the protest and I decided not to go. But then, they reversed their decision and cleared it so the protest went ahead as planned.

“The problem is that our colleagues in the provincial executive are involved in the scandal and now the people are taking it upon themselves after realising that we as leadership are not helping them because our hands are also tied.

“I personally, think that we must all respect what the president said if we are going to retain the respect of those we lead”.

Nenjana said he was also worried at an individual level that Zanu PF leaders were not heeding Mugabe’s call.

Contacted for comment on the protests, Mahofa pretended to be in the dark, even denying having attended the meeting that Mugabe chaired at State House.

“I am not aware of what you are talking about, I don’t even know the meeting with the president you are referring to,” Mahofa said curtly.

This was a dramatic U-turn for Mahofa who told the Daily News in June after Masvingo province met with Mugabe at State House, that she was never attacked.

Comments (4)

Confusion at its best.Things are simply falling apart.The constant reference to the president not rules or resolutions of the party clearly depicts personalization of both government and party business.To make matters even worse,the age and personal health of the old man is taking its toll.Opportunists who managed to wrestle the party are having the field day and influencing decision making processes that are detrimental for the well being or economic welfare of the generality of all the people of the country.

Gen. Spinola - 28 September 2016

These gorillas will stop at nothing to destroy the economy in their quest to buy votes by dishing out land illegally to their unsophisticated supporters.They are trying to seek relevance and in the process destroying one of the few industries remaining which employs quite a significant number of people.To them employment is secondary as long as they achieve their devilish goals.What a shame!

Janana wa Bikaz - 29 September 2016

We are Zimbabweans, and as zimbabweans we have one of the highest literacy rates in Africa. We are an educated people. Political bureaucracy and petty identity politics should not affect economic progress. Please Zanu pf get your bloody act together or let someone else takeover!

Young Zimbo - 29 September 2016

literacy is just literacy. Its not necessarily being very educated. its ability to read and write. thats as far as it goes.

Jobho - 29 September 2016

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