Companies advised against making donations to a corrupt Goverment
By A Correspondent
ZANU PF Bulawayo province has warned companies in Zimbabwe’s second largest city against making donations, in cash or kind, to ruling party individuals, describing many of them as corrupt.
Zanu PF city centre district chairperson, Antiphas Banda, said a number of ruling party officials are soliciting for donations from struggling companies in the city on behalf of the former guerilla movement, but for their own personal benefit.
Banda condemned the practice as corrupt and criminal, adding his executive stood ready to suspend or expel any party member accused of illegally soliciting for donations on behalf of the party.
“The party will be in the dark about such criminal activities and that is why as the district we are sending a message to the business community to say they should never be forced or cheated into making suspect donations to some people claiming to represent Zanu PF without cross-checking with us.
“We have bogus people, and we have expelled some members who have been abusing the party name,” Banda told journalists during a press conference held at the Zanu PF district offices in the city centre on Monday.
Banda’s call follows the recent arrest of former Zanu PF Bulawayo provincial chairperson, Khumbulani Mpofu, for illegally soliciting for donations from struggling companies in the city for his personal benefit.
Mpofu stands accused of forging a letter purporting to be from Zanu PF asking for donations in cash or kind from Buffalo Cycles Company.
He allegedly presented the letter to one of the company’s officials, Joseph Kambepo, and was advised to come back the following day. Mpofu was arrested onOctober 21 when he went to collect the donation.
“There are some people who are going about using the party name, using their positions in Zanu PF to siphon money from companies in the city centre.
“They are taking advantage of their leadership positions to use the party letterhead to solicit for funds for their own personal benefit. We advise companies not to give any donations to individuals without cross-checking with the district and provincial executive,” Banda added.
Zanu PF has always harassed companies when it comes to funding of events such as President Robert Mugabe’s birthday, party conferences and congresses.
Following his fall-out with Mugabe, former Masvingo provincial affairs minister Kudakwashe Bhaskiti revealed that he raised close to US$63 000 from Tongaat Hullets and Bikita minerals for the Zanu PF congress.
The Youth League also pushed for indigenous companies, which benefitted from the controversial land reform and the indigenisation policy, to donate generously to Mugabe’s birthday bash at a time the country’s economy is on the edge of a precipice amid a debilitating liquidity crunch and numerous company closures.