Mugabe’s ‘dummy’ AU donation

ZANU PF has reportedly ordered its 10 provinces to raise at least $75 000 each to pay back an undisclosed amount of money “borrowed” from Treasury to help partly fund President Robert Mugabe’s $1 million cheque donation to the African Union (AU) early this month.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

President Robert Mugabe
President Robert Mugabe

During his tenure as AU chairperson in 2015, Mugabe pledged 300 cattle, in a bid to inspire the continent to self-fund its programmes to reduce the dependence on Western donor funding.

He later sold the cattle locally, with a view to present the donation in cash form.

However, at the time of going to the AU summit, the pledged amount had not yet been mobilised, reportedly prompting Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa to intervene.

“The President presented a cheque for $1 million, but the money raised from the cattle auction was nowhere near that amount,” an impeccable source said.

“(Zanu PF secretary for administration, Ignatius) Chombo and the national political commissar (Saviour Kasukuwere) are now scrambling to raise the money.

“Chombo and his colleagues told the President that they had raised $1 million, but there was no money and Chinamasa had to make a last-minute intervention.

“The money they are forcing provinces to raise now is probably meant to pay back Treasury. It’s a murky project that is open to abuse.”

NewsDay heard that Chombo told party chairpersons and provincial commissars at a meeting last Monday that each of the ruling party’s 10 provinces should raise $75 000.

“The provinces have been ordered to raise $750 000 in all to cover the gap created and make sure the $1 million promised to the AU is paid in,” another source said.

Newly-elected Masvingo provincial chairperson, Ezra Chadzamira confirmed the development, but could not elaborate.

“Yes (provinces have been asked to raise $75 000 each), but call me in the afternoon, I am in a meeting,” he said.

Zanu PF activist and businessman, Jimayi Muduvuri, who confirmed his involvement in the cattle donation and auctions, also admitted the party’s provincial structures had been asked to raise the money.

“I attended that meeting (Monday) and, I must say, while provinces were asked to raise a minimum of $75 000 each, it is not going to the AU,” he explained.

“The AU donation has already been paid. I was responsible for the cattle auctions. It was a successful programme and the donations from all provinces were overwhelming. We raised over $1 million.”

The Kadoma businessman could, however, not provide figures of the number of cattle auctioned to raise the $1 million.

“Thousands of cattle were sold and we raised over $1 million. The party realised that it was a successful project, so we have decided that it should continue to help the President,” he said.

“Zimbabwe will remain part of the AU and the President is a founding father. He might want to chip in and help again in the future.”

Muduvuri said the provinces could still make donations in the form of cattle.

Chinamasa was not available for comment, with his mobile going unanswered yesterday.

Zanu PF national spokesperson, Simon Khaya Moyo was also not available for comment, while Kasukuwere referred questions to party treasurer, Obert Mpofu.

“I am not the secretary for finance. Talk to Mpofu,” he said.

Mpofu could not be reached for comment.

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27 Comments

  1. What is discussed in these endless “meetings” by these Zanu PF idiots when they can’t collectively do basic grade one arithmetic?

  2. Wezhira wezhara

    Ko mari yekutenga mota itsva dze2018 campaign makaiwanepi? 15 billion yava kubuda zvishoma nezvi shoma.

  3. zvasangana zvidhakwa

  4. so??????

  5. Muchuva Mutiusinazita

    while orphans and widows in Zimbabwe can not even afford fees at primary schools. Mwari honai.

    1. This is evidence kuti Mwari hakuna

  6. just go takethe $1MILLION from the $15 BILLION you guys took

  7. A costly affair for recipient-turned-donor who bit off more than he can chew. I can’t afford to grin at the international platform while literally frowning at home. Priority the way to go!

  8. kunzima madoda.

  9. it never rains but pours for ordinary Zimbos

  10. Jamengweni Godonga

    Help me with the arithmetic; how much did each beast go for? Yooo, somebody got cleaned out here – US$3,333.33 each or the figure of 300 is not correct.

  11. This is a desperate attempt to gain popularity.

  12. bindura war vet

    isu tichaibhadhara muchida musingade

  13. kkkkkk mombe dzani getaway torai $15 bidza yamakatora mubhadare

  14. The nonagenarian is not serious. So, he thought by selling 300 cattle he gonna get a million??? Does he know the price of cattle?

  15. freedo fighter

    i watched news last week when a report was aired about cancer patients. according to the report only two machines are working in the country, one at Mpilo and the other at Parerenyatwa. i dont know with the wisdom of his excellence was it good to give AU such an amount at a time when our economy is not performing. we have big economies like South Africa Nigeria etc. qouting words of the wise cherity begins at home

  16. son of the soil

    750,000 *10 provinces = 7,500,000
    we are currently facing a cash crisis.we don’t have our own currency.lashing out a huge chunk of money to AU what are w getting in return that will boost the current monetary situation. instead that money should be directed to projects in thew country boost employment our youths are lazying at home no jobs if you need only 1 million but you prospect 7 million this is surely absurd. zimbabwe needs help we are poor lets admit that.

    1. Marasika blaz, $75,000, not $750,000. Verengai zvakanaka.

  17. Mbudziyadhura

    Pakaipa

  18. Randall Flagg

    This country is ruled by a bunch of idiots!

  19. insults wont put food on the table.

    1. Bhobho Ndiyani

      there is no food on the table already, so should we keep quiet? get a life

    2. Idiots indeed. If you can’t see this you are an idiot and deserve castration

  20. God is a living God and i tell you ,these Mugabe zanu pf things will be a thing of the past.

  21. His excellency

    Tikutotonga, ZANU pf is here to stay……we have been empowered ,majaira zvekushandiswa nevarungu.zvichanaka chete, ZANU for life

  22. NewsDay heard that Chombo told party chairpersons and provincial commissars at a meeting last Monday that each of the ruling party’s 10 provinces should raise $75 000.

    “The provinces have been ordered to raise $750 000 in all to cover the gap created and make sure the $1 million promised to the AU is paid in,” another source said.

    Two quoted statements from NewsDay, so which is the correct figure, $75 000 or $750 000?

  23. I suppose its$75 000 x 10 provinces = $750 000

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