Zanu PF forces companies to buy Mnangagwa portraits

OPPOSITION parties in Bulawayo have accused their Zanu PF counterparts of fleecing local firms by forcing them to buy portraits of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

By NQOBANI NDLOVU

Ruling party activists in the city are reportedly selling the portraits at a premium price of $25 each claiming the fund-raising project had been approved by top party officials. The companies are also being forced to buy other Zanu PF regalia such as T-shirts and caps.

MDC-T Bulawayo provincial spokesperson, Felix Magalela Sibanda, yesterday described the move as extortionist and called for the culprits to be brought to book.

“Our provincial offices have been receiving numerous calls from business and the general public on what appears to be fraudulent activities by some Zanu PF Bulawayo youth members. The Bulawayo stakeholders, particularly the struggling businesspeople who are operating at less than 25% capacity, are too bitter about this daylight robbery,” he said.

“We have since directed all defrauded citizens to report such unacceptable tendencies and behaviour to the police and other law enforcement agencies.

“The President’s portrait is a statutory requirement; therefore, there is no payment for it. Government must supply freely to all government premises, not to force private organisations or individuals to pay for unwanted items,” Sibanda said.

Contacted for comment, Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo also condemned the move saying his party did not condone such criminal activities.

“Zanu PF is not a party of force, we don’t believe in that. Instead, it’s a criminal offence and anyone who does that must be reported to the police,” he said.

“They (public and private companies) should know where they get them (portraits). They know where they used to get them. They buy them voluntarily. All I am saying is that we are not a party of force.

“We are a very disciplined party and, therefore, we do not want people to be coerced to buy them. Anybody who does that must be reported to the police for appropriate action to be taken against them through law enforcement agents.”

Zanu PF Bulawayo chairperson, Callistus Ndlovu said: “The province has no such programme. It must be the work of some individuals. It has nothing to do with the party.”

Zanu PF has in the past suspended some of its Bulawayo youth leaders on allegations of defrauding various companies using the party’s name. There have been several reports of party youths illegally soliciting for donations on behalf of the party.

At one time, a Zanu PF youth leader was arrested for seeking financial assistance to bury a colleague who was discovered to be alive.

10 Comments

  1. Nothing wrong he is the new caretaker man in charge.

    1. But cannot force people to buy his portrait as alluded to by the party spokesperson

  2. Zanu pf is party of thugs and thieves. how can you force someone to buy the potrait of the head of state. Who does not know that Mnangagwa is now the President of Zimbabwe. Do you need a potrait to know this why you dont it all people you only go to business people to steal because you tell them your business will be closed or taken. how do you expect the country to move forward . Please Mr President stop this before it came cancer and it will dent your reputation remember you carry the logo of zanu pf which has caused the suffering of people . If you are to make it in 2018 clear your pathy.

  3. Why is it the companies are complaining to MDC-T Bulawayo provincial headquarters when they can easily approach their minister to raise the issue,what do they expect the MDCT members at the HQ to do,Yes its totally wrong to force someone to buy the President’s Potrait but ngatimboregai propaganda dzakapusa kudai.

  4. This nonsense must stop, 2018 is here!!!

  5. Yet another round of personality cult. Neighbouring and normal countries do not have presidential portraits hanging in every office and public places. This North Korean streak needs to stop now.

    1. I was in Botswana Sir Khama’s potrait is hanged in most if not all offices I went to but how they get it I don’t know.So when you say neighbouring which ones. In Zambia they do, in Malawi they do, In RSA they do, I don’t know hangu Moza.

  6. Maybe they should give these companies the portrait for free isn’t its them who want it displayed in offices.

  7. People should not be forced but it must be done without thinking of partisan because Mnangagwa is the President of the whole nation not zanu pf only. So forcing people to buy it reminds us about the former President when people used to be forced to attend rallies. No Ways we do not want that. If it continues he is going to lose 2018 elections unless if he is planning to rig

  8. i witnessed one such attempt at Blue Lagoon In Emerald Hill. this guy was trying to sell them for 70 bucks. so whether its individuals or a party policy it is happening and has to stop. we better stop criminals surrounding the president by nipping such activities in the bud.

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