Mugabe inputs spark row

BULILIMA — A row has erupted among villagers in the Solusi area of Bulilima East constituency over President Robert Mugabe’s farming inputs scheme after some Zanu PF senior ward members allegedly sidelined their MDC-T counterparts.
Report by Silas Nkala

MDC-T Bulilima East district spokesman William Ncube told NewsDay yesterday that the clashes occurred on Tuesday after the ward received two tonnes of maize seed.

“We have been getting the Presidential inputs all along, but this time we were surprised when the Zanu PF officials, including the councillor Vusumuzi Moyo, told the villagers that the inputs under the scheme were for Zanu PF members only,” Ncube said.

“He told us that MDC members were not entitled to the inputs.”
Moyo was unreachable on his mobile phone yesterday.

The MDC-T official said Zanu PF members claimed the directive had come from the President’s Office.

“A handful of Zanu PF supporters shared the maize seed among themselves.We want to know if it is true that the President said people from other parties must not get the inputs,” Ncube said.

“We do not want to be seen jostling for something which we are not supposed to get.We are not so desperate. But we want this issue to be clear. If it’s truly for Zanu PF, why would we meddle in Zanu PF things?”

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Ncube said since Mugabe launched the programme, the inputs had never been distributed along party lines.

The village head in the area, Meki Ndlovu, confirmed the incident saying his wife attended the meeting where MDC-T members were denied access to the inputs.

“I hope as they have taken it (the issue) as far as Bulawayo, it will be resolved,” he said.

“People here used to get the maize seed all along and what happened this time around surprised us. Although I got the inputs as a village head, the MDC members were not given and they have since complained to me over the issue.”

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15 Comments

  1. Shame on you Newsday. For a long time u claimed Mugabe’s inputs only benefit Zanu heavy weights but these opposition folks in bulilima are proving you wrong. Tell us the truth always.

  2. Thanks Mkanya. The pipo have spoken for themselves. It’s just that the MDC Lot is an ungrateful lot and are so blinded by their confused leaders who criticize ZPF but what to do things the ZPF way

  3. MDC-T supporter must not get those inputs they hate mugabe’s policies and the inputs are some of his policies.Remember gus these are not government’s inputs u can take those input if he wants to give u come election time 2013 vote wisely.the big question is where did mugabe an individual get the money when the nation he manage is bankrupty

  4. ‘We have been getting the presidential inputs all along’.why were these papers lying to us that the inputs were only for zanupf supporters,the truth is now coming out.to tell the truth MDC-T has nothing to offer,no sound policies .we shall all be ashamed when JUICE is launched,we shall lough .why has it taken so long with promises after promises,you cannot try to reverse what has now been achieved,look at how the multinationals are complying to current policies,for yo own info ,to other countries its 80%.your success is in only complementing current policies,shame on you and Your blind leader,his SEXELLENCY honorable prim minister.juice is for sexellency and what he saw from those women waaiita zvakadaro,imvura dzegadzega dzaaichubvura JUICE.

  5. mbwa dzevanhu munofunga here imi,chinonzi opposition politics chii?poor stupid folk.

  6. The MDC-T councillor’s statement will come as an embarassment to Tsvangirai especially after his speech at the ceremony to donate a borehole to his mother only recently in Buhera. MDC-T Bulilima East district spokesman William Ncube told NewsDay yesterday “We have been getting the Presidential inputs all along. Ncube said since Mugabe launched the programme, the inputs had never been distributed along party lines.

    This all flies in the face of the lies peddled by the MDC-T and their mouth pieces who went into overdrive about Mugabe’s motives for donating the inputs. These MDC-T supporters are confessing that Mugabe has been doing this for some time whether there was an election or not. Zanu PF supporters saying that the inputs are for Zanu PF supporters only are justified in this instance given the bad mouthing of this process by the MDC-T. Kana munhu achishora zvinhu zvapiwa nababa vako unga govana naye here? Would you share with someone who is criticising your father for making the donation? MDC-T supporters need to know that you cannot have your cake and eat it too.

    If they are not so desparate as the councillor goes on to claim, why complain to the newspapers? “We do not want to be seen jostling for something which we are not supposed to get.We are not so desperate. But we want this issue to be clear. If it’s truly for Zanu PF, why would we meddle in Zanu PF things?” The scheme was launched at Zanu PF HQ, what other clarity do you want? If this was meant to embarass Zanu PF for partisanship, it has instead exposed MDC-T and their media mouth pieces for political lies and misinformation about the presidential inputs scheme.

  7. @Htown urikutuka ani is that the m d c line of thinking, i thought its for zanu p f only, bantu no good.htown those M D C members knows very wel that the inputs where from the presedent and from wc party is the presedent greedy M D C members.go to tsvangi and demand inputs

  8. Richard mshanyuki

    Our diamonds our maize mugabe doesnt have the money its our diamonds everyone should the seeds and vote for tsvangirai

  9. kuno kwamutare takapihwa mbeu inozadza cup chete zvonzi presidential input u can not buy my vote with a cup of maize seed forget and smile. musambonetseka zvenyu nezvimbeu izvi ndokuitwa mapenzi nezanu yauraya nyika

  10. He is aZANUPF President and a national one! Remember how he got in!

  11. Mugabe gukurahundi old thug. who wants an 89 year old leader what future do he have

  12. I actually dont know who to blame here for all the confusion in some of the above comments,maybe its the midiocre way in which this piece of news has been presented by the writer or maybe the lack of comprehesion by the readers or maybe some prejudice in the way of thinking of the readers,i dont know.but the issue here is the mdc and the media have never lied that inputs are distributed along party lines as is being confirmed by these villagers who are complaining,otherwise why are they complaining if the media and the mdc lied.another thing being pointed out here is that b4 this,party affiliation never came into the question but this time it has,thats the complaint here.and lastly the president donated to farmers or to zpf?maybe that needs clarification from the president himself.

  13. this article has been distorted guys, this inputs programme is actually partisan and it has always been like tht. if those villagers have confirmed that it does mean its like that in all areas. if it is a government programme then why does it have a head of someone printed on the bags.whats so important in a head, and why is the distribution being handled from zanu pf’s offices and points as is witnessed in some areas in Mt Darwin.

  14. TATE’S OWN@What do u mean when u say presedent donated to farmers or to zanu p f.my friend the donation was for zanu p f supporters and al farmers are zanu p f the problem here is m d c wants to have a share aihwaka ngatipihwe na tsvangi. M d c must ask where mugabe took the money 20 million ndopanoti cashka apa

  15. @Mapenzi mapenzi uri bedzi read my first comment.donated by mugabe under zanu pf the big qeustion is”where did mugabe take 20 millon “

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