Pressure group defies MPS' abuse of CDF funds

A group advocating for a separate state comprising the Midlands and Matebeleland provinces that fell victim to Gukurahundi atrocities, Ibhetshu Likhazulu, has condemned the Members of Parliament who failed to account for Constituency Development Funds (CDFs).

Sekai Holland
Sekai Holland

The group hailed Members of Parliament belonging to the Movement for Democratic Change formation led by Professor Welshman Ncube for managing to account for how they used US$50 000 which government gave them for developing their constituencies.

The Prof Ncube led MDC MPs are: Siyabonga Malandu Ncube (Insiza South), Thandeko Zinti Mkandla (Gwanda North), Patrick Dube (Gwanda Central), Nomalanga Khumalo (Umzingwane), Edward Mkhosi (Mangwe), Moses Mzila Ndlovu (Bulilima West) and Maxwell Dube (Tsholotsho South).

The legislators who failed to account for Community Development Funds so far are Zanu-PF : Peter Chanetsa (Hurungwe N), Edward Chindori-Chininga (Guruve S), Franco Ndambakuwa (Magunje), Larry Mavhima (Zvishavane Runde), Abraham Sithole (Chiredzi E) and Minister Douglas Mombeshora. MDC-T: Marvelous Khumalo (St Mary's), Naison Nemadziva (Buhera South) and Ministers Sekai Holland and Lucia Matibenga.

Mbuso Fuzwayo, the secretary general of Ibhetshu likazulu took a swipe at Zanu-PF and MDC T law makers for being corrupt and untrustworthy with public funds.

"Those that cannot account for the CDF are corrupt thugs; some of them were running simbazo with CDF. They must not be voted into office again as they have demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that they cannot be trusted with public funds," said Fuzwayo.

He also urged government to prosecute the MPs arguing that they are thieves who must be ‘brought to book' by the law.

"Government must cleanse its reputation by arresting and prosecuting these lawmakers who have abused public funds. The government must defend its reputation because we cannot be lead by amasela," said the livid Fuzwayo.

He added that the failure by the Zanu-PF and MDC-T MPs to account for public funds clearly "shows that there is no difference' between the two political parties.

"They (Zanu-PF and MDC-T) are just the same, so people must treat them as rogue thieving political twins who have no place in civilized politics and must be kept away with other crooks in Khami and Chikurubi prison," said Fuzwayo.

Parliament has indicated that it will cause the "affected" MPs to account. No-one has been arrested. Representatives of women organisations who requested anonymity said that the implication of Holland and Matibenga, who are both cabinet ministers in the scam, taints the image of women and hampers their frantic calls for women to occupy highest positions of authority in government and business.

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