Agric show loses revenue as Zanu supporters get free entry

The Zimbabwe Agriculture Society (ZAS) lost an unspecified amount of revenue in gate takings after Zanu (PF) supporters were allowed into the show grounds for free to boost the crowd supporting President Robert Mugabe while he officially opened the 104th edition of the Harare Agriculture Show last week.

The Zimbabwean established that on Friday, when president Mugabe officially opened the annual event, party supporters were allowed into the venue for free when they presented themselves donning party regalia.

Adults were paying $5 while children under 12 paid a dollar each.

Heather Madombwe, ZAS public relations officer, said her organisation was not aware of the development saying that was ‘news’ to her.

“Every year ZAS has a free uniforms day for children. It is our tradition,” said Madombwe.

“On Wednesday, August 20 2014 was that day. The Zanu (PF) line is news to me,” she added.

Party supporters however boasted that because they belonged to the revolutionary party, they were not paying.

“Zanu (PF) is the passport to gaining free entry,” boasted a woman from Mbare in Harare only identified as Doreen.

As preparations for last year's elections gathered momentum, Mugabe dished out party regalia, which saw the distribution of caps, t- shirts and scarves among other items in most parts of the country.

Mugabe officially opened this year’s HAS, running under the theme ‘Sustaining and Transforming Agricultural Growth’.

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