The Chiadzwa Community Development Trust (CCDT) has accused Zanu PF of hijacking projects that are being implemented in the area by companies mining diamonds in Chiadzwa.
Malvern Mudiwa, chairperson of the CCDT, said his organisation held a meeting with Mbada and Marange Diamonds and the companies promised to tar the roads in the area as part of their social corporate responsibility programme.
However, Mudiwa said, they were now surprised to hear Zanu PF officials claiming their political party was the one which had undertaken the project.
“Mbada Diamonds promised us that they were going to tar the road from the Mutimba area to Hot Springs while another company would tar the road from Mutsago to Marange as part of their corporate responsibility,” he said. Mudiwa said what was now surprising them was that at its rallies, Zanu PF was telling people that they were the ones funding the projects.
“We are now no longer sure who is tarring these roads because the governor is telling people that his party is the one that is involved in the projects,” said Mudiwa.
Christopher Mushohwe is the Governor for Manicaland and he comes from the Marange area.
Mudiwa claimed Mushohwe only instructed the tarring of a small stretch of road leading to his homestead in Marange.
“As the mouthpiece of the people of Chiadzwa we would like to know whether Zanu PF is involved in the tarring of the roads.” Mudiwa said.
The Member of Parliament for Mutare West, Shuah Mudiwa (MDC-T), concurred with his younger brother, saying Zanu PF was politicising the projects that were being implemented by companies in Chiadzwa.
“There is no political party that is involved in road maintenance, Zanu PF is using this as a campaign gimmick,” said the MP.
“Mushohwe and the government began to tar the roads a long time ago but they stopped after reaching his (Mushohwe’s) homestead. We should be thankful to the companies that are mining diamonds because they are the ones now carrying out the projects,” he added.
NewsDay failed to get hold of Mushohwe as he was said to be out each time we called his office on Wednesday.