Zanu PF forces civil servants to donate for indaba

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ZANU PF has reportedly circulated internal memos among civil servants in some provinces “asking” them to donate at least $5 each towards the party’s annual conference slated for Victoria Falls next week.

BY MOSES MATENGA

The conference is set to run between December 7 and 13, with over 6 000 delegates expected to attend.

One of the memos, seen by NewsDay, shows that the party was soliciting for donations from all government workers based in Beitbridge. Some of the workers described the demand as tantamount to extortion.

“Subject: Request for financial contributions towards the Zanu PF conference,” the memo allegedly written by Notious Tarisai read in part.

“Following a meeting attended recently concerning the above subject matter, all staff members are requested to pay $5 each by the pay date, ie 27/11/15, towards the Zanu PF conference.”

However, Tarisai, who is said to be assistant regional immigration officer and whose phone number reflected on the memo, yesterday distanced himself from the document.

SIMON-KHAYA-MOYO

“That is not possible. Send me a copy of that letter. I strongly suspect it is someone who is up to something and using my name. I did not write that letter, not at all. Is there a signature on the letter you are talking about?” he asked.

Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo also said: “There is nothing like that, who wrote the so-called letters? As far as I know, that is not a party position. Check if the letters are signed by anyone who is a party official.”

However, Vice-Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko are on record pleading for donations in cash and kind from party members and the corporate world to bankroll the event whose budget is estimated at $3 million.

Both Mnangagwa and Mphoko made the passionate pleas during the two fundraising dinners held in Harare and Bulawayo where they raised slightly above $1 million.

The party has also extended its begging bowl to the Christian community targeting the United Family International Church led by Emmanuel Makandiwa and the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries led by Walter Magaya.

Party members have also intensified the sale of portrait pictures of its luminaries among them President Robert Mugabe, First Lady Grace Mugabe, Mnangagwa and the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo, among others, to raise funds for the indaba.

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  1. On a lighter note, does the end justify the means? When shall africans learn to prioritize their affairs? I wish such attention is drawn on issues that will benefit the common man. Oftentimes I feel ashamed to be an african.

  2. You were told the facts about this issue therefore this story was not worth to be published. Your heading is misleading. You only want to use ZANU PF to make money, foolish reporters. Do you employ qualified journalists Newsday? Maybe your reporters are using fake certificates (both academic and professional). I will not waste money buying your paper I would rather read it online.

  3. studio77, denials are not necessarily “facts”, especially coming from ZPF officials. If you trust them that’s something else.

    The value of this news item is in distinguishing the length and trouble that ZPF goes into putting up a budget of $3m for a conference versus ZPF doing a similar exercise for a national cause, like ZESA funding or Hwange Thermal plant refurbishment.

    It’s simple things like this that a great number of ZPF supporters miss…..until they are directly affected.

  4. my Aunty Brianna just got a great Lexus IS F Sedan just by some parttime working online with a macbook…

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  5. If we had a Magufuli mentality the conference would be scratched off the ZPF calendar. However, when you use 1980 skills to run a 2016 nations, this is what happens. Just because there is document that was crafted a long time ago in the bushes of Mozambique that “there shall be an annual conference of all party members…” it has to be done.

    Last papa: “Party members have also intensified the sale of portrait pictures of its luminaries among them President Robert Mugabe, First Lady Grace Mugabe, Mnangagwa and the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo, among others, to raise funds for the indaba.”

    Already Grace Mugabe is a luminary? Just by lying next to a luminary for several nights you become one? I don’t think you wanted to say “luminary”, surely.

  6. No surprises here.
    Zanu pf’s cultural DNA is founded on THEFT.
    They will steal from anyone including their “friends”, supporters and even relatives.

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