'Zanu PF politicising food aid distribution'

CHIMANIMANI - MDC women’s assembly chairperson Lynette Karenyi has slammed government for partisan food distribution.

This comes after five of MDC supporters were briefly detained by police for protesting against the politicisation of aid.

Karenyi said the five were arrested at Hot Springs Primary School on Monday after they grabbed a bag of maize each in protest at their deliberate exclusion in the food aid distribution programme.

“Partisan distribution of food aid is still something we need to address as a country and government appears unwilling to stop it by putting in place proper controls.

“If it was not for the bravery of our five members, then the practice would still be going on in the ward,” Karenyi told the Daily News yesterday.

The former Chimanimani West legislator said the five were briefly detained at Nyanyadzi Police Station before they were released and ordered to return on Tuesday to allow for investigations.

“I then attended the Tuesday interviews in which the councillor for the ward Reuben Munjeyi was also invited to shed light to the issue,” Karenyi said.

She said Munjeyi told the police that they were not discriminating along partisan lines but were only giving to those who had agreed to pay $2 transport fees.

“Our members, however, reminded him that he had specifically refused their contributions and the police decided not to charge them but advised the councillor to accommodate everyone,” the senior MDC official said.

The five bags of maize were left at Nyanyadzi Police Station for collection once an amicable solution to the impasse is found.

“We expect the councillor to reach out to everyone because hunger does not discriminate. “The area has been experiencing depressed harvests for everyone for years and discrimination is inhumane,” Karenyi said.

The hunger-ravaged hamlet was rocked by allegations of vote buying in November during a by-election that was eventually won by Zanu PF’s Nokuthula Matikenyeri.

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