24 June 2012

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Plans to Dish Out Stands Ahead of Elections

ZANU PF plans to dish out residential stands to home-seekers in Manicaland in an attempt to woo voters ahead of elections next year, party provincial chairperson, Mike Madiro has said.

The party fared badly in Manicaland in the 2008 elections, winning only six out of the 26 constituencies in the province.

But the MDC-T has dismissed the strategy, saying there was no guarantee that the beneficiaries would vote for the former ruling party.

Madiro recently told home-seekers in Mutare that the party had roped in Reverent Obadiah Musindo and his Destiny of African Network (DAN) to spearhead its election campaign by dolling out residential stands in various cities and towns in the country.

"Every beneficiary of this scheme should vote for Zanu PF and betrayers will be kicked out from here. You can't benefit when you don't want to vote for us," he said.

Under the scheme, potential beneficiaries were supposed to become members of DAN and upon acquiring a residential stand; they would become party activists and expected to recruit a minimum of 10 people.

Musindo said he would ensure the project succeeded in order to get more votes for Zanu PF.

"Of course we will support this because we believe Zanu PF is for the development and empowerment of the people," he said.

"Those who are not pro-Zanu PF will have their stands taken away from them.

"It's a do-or-die election."

Musindo however declined to reveal the source of his funding, saying it was "clean" Zimbabwean money, targeting a local cause.

Sources say a local financial institution in which government has significant shareholding, is backing the scheme.

But several other housing projects which were spearheaded by Musindo's DAN in the past years have collapsed, with prospective house owners losing out in the process.

The past few years have seen the proliferation of co-operatives linked to Zanu PF in peri-urban areas across the country, benefiting mostly supporters of the party.

However, Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo professed ignorance of the scheme.

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