Multimedia: Zanu PF MP kicks out supporters

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Chengeto Mbiragai holds her granddaughter Natalie Mhlanga as she stands in front of her property which was thrown out by Chitungwiza South MP Christopher Chigumba.
Scores of people, including war veterans, Zanu PF supporters and vendors kicked out of their houses in Chitungwiza on Monday wept bitterly accusing House of Assembly member for Chitungwiza South Christopher Chigumba of being dishonest after ordering their eviction.

REPORT BY MOSES MATENGA

PICTURES: AARON UFUMELI

Chigumba who claims to own a co-operative that built the houses from members’ contributions is allegedly demanding $5 000 cash from beneficiaries in addition to what they contributed over the years. He claims contributions by members of the co-operative, Zano Remba Housing Co-operative, which were made during the Zimdollar era, were no longer valid.

Nine families have so far been evicted and have for the past two weeks been sleeping in the open, under the vagaries of the weather.

Chenai Mhlanga holding her daughter Natalie sits  besides their belongings which were thrown out by Chitungwiza South MP Christopher Chigumba. All pictures: Aaron Ufumeli
Chenai Mhlanga holding her daughter Natalie sits besides their belongings which were thrown out by Chitungwiza South MP Christopher Chigumba. 

More than 300 other families have also been threatened with eviction. When NewsDay visited Chitungwiza yesterday victims shed tears while others showed scars from alleged beatings by the police acting on an order from the courts to evict them. The families accuse Chigumba of abusing his powers as patron of Zano Remba Housing Co-operative and taking the co-operative from them for his personal aggrandizement.

 

“We started this co-operative in 2004 with the help of the then governor, the late Witness Mangwende, and we were paying Z$200 000 a month. It was State land for low-income earners and that’s why there are war veterans, soldiers, war collaborators and vendors,” narrated Mavis Chibanda, one of the victims.

Chengeto Mbiragai could not hold back tears as she stands besides her property which was thrown out by Christopher Chigumba.
Chengeto Mbiragai could not hold back tears as she stands besides her property which was thrown out by Christopher Chigumba.

“We made Chigumba our patron because he was representing our party (Zanu PF) as MP. We had faith in him and our party.
“We were surprised in 2009 when debt collectors came saying the co-operative was Chigumba’s property under Chigumba Holdings and each of us had to pay $5 000,” she said. NewsDay established that in 2005, government ordered Chitungwiza Municipality to surrender more than 1 000 housing stands to Chigumba ahead of that year’s general elections.

In the video below, evicted residents speak out on their experiences

The late Mangwende had then said council should exempt the Zanu PF-aligned cooperative from submitting their plans for approval by the council.

Beneficiaries of the scheme, who have turned out to be victims, said they were shocked that Chigumba was now claiming to be the owner of the properties.

“We later realised he had not registered the co-operative and we tried doing that as residents. We got the certificate in May last year from government,” said another victim.

Chengeto Mbiragai said she was handcuffed together with her 28-year-old son and husband and beaten up by the police for asking why they were destroying their property in the process of evicting them.

Western Konde, a war veteran said he was also handcuffed and beaten up.

Irene Hove, a war veteran and chairperson of Tongogara District War Veterans section who doubles as the Zanu PF chairperson for Rusununguko district wept uncontrollably as she spoke against Chigumba’s actions against fellow war veterans and the poor.

“I have taken this issue with the provincial war vets leadership who are yet to come back to me on what position to take. But we are worried that he is now acting like a conman and not a politician who should stand up for the people. We sacrificed as war veterans, but we did not fight for this torture,” said Hove.

Contacted for comment, Chigumba denied that Zano Remba was a co-operative saying it is his personal housing project run along business lines.

He accused the evicted families of being crooks who were being evicted for refusing to pay for their houses.

“Go to Zengeza 4 and see people who are running that project. These people (evictees) are wrong, giving you wrong information. They are being evicted by the house owners not me. It’s not a co-operative.”

The receipts that contributors to the housing project were issued with, however, indicate the project is indeed a co-operative — Zano Remba Housing Co-operative.

Chengeto Mbiragai holds her granddaughter Natalie Mhlanga as she stands in front of her property which was thrown out by Chitungwiza South MP Christopher Chigumba.
Chengeto Mbiragai holds her granddaughter Natalie Mhlanga as she stands in front of her property which was thrown out by Chitungwiza South MP Christopher Chigumba.

The receipts also show that beneficiaries had been paying monthly instalments of Z$200 000 per month for several years from as far back as 2004.

Meanwhile, an audit team has been put in place to investigate the co-operative after several thousands of members who contributed did not benefit from the project.

Government has also produced a damning report revealing shocking housing stands scams in Chitungwiza.

Thousands of home-seekers stand to lose their properties as government seeks to correct the anomaly.

33 COMMENTS

  1. I dont feel pity for ZANU fools. They have been getting everything for free at the expense of the tax payers since 1980! Ngazvikuvadzane zvega. katsi dzevanhu!

  2. i told you kuti kupfeka twumaZambia utwo regai mukati ini ndotopenga zvino wopenga nhasi ndiyani, icho !!! charira !! kupiko?? MuZIMBABWE. SHINGIRIRAI Gadzirirai Zimbabwe ndeyedu baba murambe makashinga.Pamberi mberi nemusangano, pasi nenharadada.

  3. Pamberi mberi neZanu PF,maka vhota,Tsvangirai makatuka zvinyadzi,zvenyu zvakaita makahwina saka toti pamberi mberi ne Zanu PF.MAGEZA NEBACHI KA!

  4. I told you we were placing you in those areas so that we bring back the constituency to our party, you voted well and thanx your time is up CHIBVAI TIMBOSHANDISA THAT LAND we will bring you back there in the next elections so that you vote the Peoples Party back for that constituency again. VIVA MAKOMUREDZI!!!

  5. This is professionalism at its best. Izvozvi ma sewage anongoputika tichinhuhwirwa nekuda kwevanhu vari kugara mu town mahara semasodya. Dzingwai. Endai kumusha kana musina mari yekugara mumataundi. Ipopo ZANU PF yagona. The problem of poor town designing is now affecting everyone and also the international image of the country. Pamberi neZANU PF. PAMBERI NEKUBATANA. Pasi NENHARADADA idzi; VASVETASIMBA VARI KURARAMA NEAZAVAVASIRI KUSHANDIRA. Very soon, our country will be back to its real pride.

  6. Proper town planning is required. We cant turn ZIM towns into KIBERAs where there are flying toilets.
    Tough luck for those who settle illegally. Ukavaudza hanzi patinozobviswa tinenge tambo sevha paRENT!!!

  7. ZANU PF Kuita kwayo vana mai handiti mayi tamba kongonya muchiti ma hwina Maitambira kuti mbavha dze ZANU PF dzipfume. Dai muri vanhu mai pisa tuma Zambia twamaka pfeka utwo. Zvino pfungwa hapana basa reku shandiswa ne mbavha muchituka Tsvangirai nhasi ma mama.TSVATUWARO MARUMWA NECHEKUCHERA BRAINLESS FOOLS

  8. MaZimbabweans, hama dzangu, please svunhurayi, ngatingwareyi uye tinzwisise kuti ZANU-PF zvinoreveyi. ZANU-PF chayinoda kuona vanhu vachitambudzika kuitira kuti come election time, they fool people to vote them into office, thereafter they dump you. ZANU-PF means crooks, thugs,terrorists, corruption, thiefs. If people remain in poverty, ZANU-PF thrives hence the destruction of the economy we are witnessing at the moment.

    Ngatirambeyi tichinamata, zvichanaka chete nerimwe gore. mwari ariko. Chete vanhu vatema hamenowo kuti takasikwa seyi.

  9. Ndozvamaida macdes…hezvo…ZANU PF is full of mbavha dzevanhu….look how kuba kwavari kuita kuChiadzwa……hameno……They are called Robbers and Muggers

  10. During murambatsvina these houses were not destroyed as they belonged to a registered coop even though they are in an area previously reserved for the cemetary . How come chigumba now claims the houses are his. Zanu chiwororo zvesure mamama ma comrades

  11. Nndopakati ZANU PF Ipapo. Inodya vana vayo. Charira. Imi ZANU PF hamuizive kuti inoshandisa here?

  12. what ar u crying for?we always say this again &again open yo eyes wide and see kuti zanu pf i party yakaitaseyi u will understand this more cum 2018 munomama.

  13. Lucky Dube was right when he said “one day our enermy will stand aside and look while we butcher and mutilate our own brothers and sisters”,the British are laughing their lungs out

  14. i love it !!!! everybody will suffer until the next elections, thats great. All those suckers that voted for the current ruling party should give themselves a great big pat on the back. hahahaha

  15. ndinohwa kufara zvikurusa ndichiona mafuza aya achitambudzwa neZanu, ini ndakangwara ndakavhotetera MDC nhasi uno ndiri mumba mangu mvura yekunaya ndinotoiona ndabuda mumba nyangwe ikanaya zvakadii handiinzwe. tinogararoudza maZanu aya kti svinurai muone chiedza ivo tana havo vosimudza chibhakera. bhora razonyatsopinda mugedhi gore rino muchavhurika pfungwa

  16. Mamai kunyanya mawar vetereni ndimi maitivhundutsira kuti tikavhotera Tsvangirai munodzoka musango,zvino zvamava musango ndiTsvangirai here?

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