Civil servants forced to chant Zanu PF slogans

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KWEKWE — Civil servants and top council employees were last Friday forced to chant Zanu PF slogans when they attended an official handover of two blocks of Blair toilets at Chimwaoga Primary school 15km outside Kwekwe.

Among the top civil servants forced to chant party slogans and denounce Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party were Kwekwe district administrator, Ten-percent Mutikizizi, district registrar, Ngelethu Nhliziyo and headmasters of schools invited to the event.

In his slogans the DA and one of the headmasters denounced Tsvangirai while exalting President Robert Mugabe.

Other civil servants, however, tried to avoid the hate speech usually spewed in the slogans by denouncing people who resisted getting an education.

Redcliff town clerk Elizabeth Gwatipedza, Kwekwe deputy housing director only identified as Chiyangwa and the Zibagwe Rural District Council CEO, were also asked to chant slogans at the function soon after they were introduced by Zanu PF Kwekwe Rural district coordinating committee chairman John Chademana.

After the slogans Chademana immediately announced that the sloganeering by the top civil servants and council officials reflected that they belonged to the former ruling party.

“We welcome you to your party. Don’t be afraid to associate with us. Guest of honour (central committee member Victor Matemadanda), this shows you that we still have our people in government offices and councils which have been taken over by the enemy,” said Chademana.

Gwatipedza and Chiyangwa come from Redcliff and Kwekwe city councils which are dominated by MDC-T councillors.

Chirumanzu Zibagwe constituency legislator Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was billed to be the guest of honour at the function, helped construct the $2 280 block of toilets through the Constituency Development Fund.

Prior to the building of the new toilets the school only had two Blair toilets used by 342 students.

One hundred and sixty girls were forced to queue every day to access the single toilet which was allocated to them courting the ire of health officials who had threatened to shut down the school.