Madiro ac­counts for miss­ing funds:

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Ny­ore Madzianike Se­nior Re­porter

ZANU-PF Man­i­ca­land pro­vin­cial chair­man, Cde Michael Madiro has dis­missed as base­less re­ports that money, which was sourced for Cde Op­pah Muchin­guri-Kashiri’s cel­e­bra­tions for her el­e­va­tion to the po­si­tion of na­tional chair­man for the rul­ing party was stolen.

Brief­ing the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers dur­ing a meet­ing held in Mutare last week, Cde Madiro said all the money was ac­counted for and the cel­e­bra­tions were held.

The al­le­ga­tions came af­ter Cde Muchin­guri-Kashiri ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment at peo­ple who were said to have stolen the money dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions held at Mu­tasa RDC premises.

“The truth of the mat­ter is that there are two sides of the story. We agreed here that were go­ing to have a rally for Pres­i­dent’s cam­paign in Hauna. We then as­signed the lead­er­ship in­clud­ing our po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar (Cde Gift Kag­weda) to go and set up a fundrais­ing team in Mu­tasa. We set up a re­source mo­bil­i­sa­tion team. We were told that $97 000 in cash or kind was raised for the event and we thanked the team,” he said.

Cde Madiro said he later learnt from the pro­vin­cial ad­min­is­tra­tor, Mr Edgars Seenza that part of the money was stolen while in a safe in Mu­tasa.

He said he de­manded a re­port on how the money was stolen.

“I said give us a proper re­port be­cause the money was in the cus­tody of a Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial. I asked if the money was not in a tem­po­ral de­posit ac­count be­cause Gov­ern­ment fi­nan­cial sys­tems say no money will be kept phys­i­cally in cash if it will be used at a later date. It is ex­pected to be de­posited into a tem­po­rary de­posit ac­count where it will be with­drawn when nec­es­sary. We took a res­o­lu­tion that the mat­ter be taken to po­lice. As we speak there is no of­fi­cial po­si­tion re­gard­ing the money and there is no re­port on what hap­pened. I was told $65 000, which was in safe dis­ap­peared with one Sit­hole. We con­demn theft and the bosses have a right to com­plain about the stolen money,” he said.

Cde Madiro said the $32 000, which was raised to­wards Cde Muchin­guri-Kashiri’s cel­e­bra­tions was split be­tween four districts where Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa was set to visit.

He said as the lead­er­ship they agreed to hold the cel­e­bra­tions af­ter the Pres­i­dent had ad­dressed peo­ple.

“The money was not stolen. We de­cided that we cel­e­brate her el­e­va­tion since Man­i­ca­land was also el­e­vated. We re­solved to thank Pres­i­dent for ap­point­ing one of our own and rep­re­sen­ta­tives that in­cluded Cde Chi­na­masa, Cde Mutsvangwa, Cde Mushohwe and my­self were tasked to meet Pres­i­dent. We ap­proached the Pres­i­dent and asked if he could be the guest at the cel­e­bra­tions. Un­for­tu­nately, we were not given the op­por­tu­nity but we did not stop or­gan­is­ing the event and we de­cided to take the cel­e­bra­tions to Hauna. We agreed that Pres­i­dent would ad­dress peo­ple and af­ter his de­par­ture we would cel­e­brate Cde Muchin­guri-Kashiri’s el­e­va­tion. We also agreed that no beer was to be served to peo­ple and they would only drink af­ter Pres­i­dent had left,” he said.

Cde Madiro said a fundrais­ing team led by Cde William Mu­tomba raised $32 000 and since the Pres­i­dent was vis­it­ing four places, they de­cided to di­vide it among the four districts.

“From the $32 000 raised each cen­tre was al­lo­cated $8 000 and we did that ex­actly. The money was meant for cel­e­bra­tions. Peo­ple from Buhera can con­firm and they hired a band from Harare and peo­ple spend a night cel­e­brat­ing while in Mutare peo­ple did the same. Peo­ple who claim and al­lege that the money was stolen are ill-in­formed. For the re­main­ing $16 000 for Chipinge and Hauna, man­age­ment and the fundrais­ing com­mit­tee con­curred that it would be em­bar­rass­ing for Pres­i­dent ED to come to Aero­drome and find a few peo­ple gath­ered for the cel­e­bra­tions. The re­main­ing money was used to re­source the Aero­drome event and mo­bil­is­ing peo­ple. Ev­ery­thing is in black and white,” he said.

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