Zanu-PF warns youths fleec­ing busi­ness­peo­ple

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Aux­ilia Ka­ton­go­mara

ZANU-PF Bulawayo district has warned bo­gus youths who fleece busi­ness­peo­ple in the name of the party that their days are num­bered.

With­out minc­ing his words, newly elected Zanu-PF city cen­tre district chair­per­son Cde Antipas Banda said such un­ruly be­hav­iour is in­tol­er­a­ble and per­pe­tra­tors soil­ing the name of the party will be dealt with ac­cord­ingly.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence, Cde Banda said for a very long time some un­ruly el­e­ments in the party have been fleec­ing lo­cal busi­ness­peo­ple through let­ters seek­ing do­na­tions. “There are peo­ple mas­querad­ing as mem­bers of the party go­ing around so­lic­it­ing for do­na­tions, funds in the name of Zanu-PF. So, as City Cen­tre District we are say­ing that has to come to an end be­cause they were tak­ing ad­van­tage as there was no sub­stan­tive chair­man in the district,” said Cde Banda.

His sen­ti­ments fol­low the ar­rest of for­mer Bulawayo youth chair­per­son Khum­bu­lani Mpofu for al­legedly forg­ing a let­ter and so­lic­it­ing funds in the name of the party last month. “The City Cen­tre District is a unique district that ac­com­mo­dates a lot of busi­ness­peo­ple, whites, blacks, In­di­ans, Nige­ri­ans, Chi­nese, you name them and these peo­ple are be­ing given let­ters of do­na­tions all the time with­out the knowl­edge of the party”.

Cde Banda said when the party ap­proaches lo­cal busi­ness­peo­ple with gen­uine pro­grammes, they hear of bo­gus party rep­re­sen­ta­tives who siphon money weekly from them. He said all busi­ness­peo­ple who re­ceive let­ters with the Zanu-PF let­ter head must ver­ify at their district of­fices.

“We are cer­tain that as from to­day no one will ac­cept any let­ter bear­ing the let­ter­head of the party so­lic­it­ing do­na­tions with­out ver­i­fy­ing from the district lead­er­ship be­fore go­ing to the pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship,” said Cde Banda.

He warned per­pe­tra­tors that such ac­tions are crim­i­nal and the law would take its course.

Cde Banda, who was flanked by Cde Esau Mu­nangwa Mang­wana, Cde Sarah Tembo, chair­lady of the Women’s League and other mem­bers of the city cen­tre district, also spoke on ven­dors who are con­stantly ha­rassed by mu­nic­i­pal po­lice say­ing coun­cil must come up with a bet­ter way of deal­ing with them.

Cde Banda, who was con­test­ing with Cde Magura Magura Charumbira, won the chair­man­ship post by 20 votes to 13 on Sun­day. He re­places the late Cde Joe Reeds Chiyangwa who was chair­man of the district un­til his death in April this year.

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