The ongoing probe into alleged diamond money looting in Manicaland has rattled Zanu PF with the party now barring members from seeking donations ahead of President Robert Mugabe’s birthday. Manicaland provincial chairperson Mike Madiro along with four other Zanu PF provincial officials are embroiled in a $750 000 diamond fraud case after they allegedly sourced cash from diamond mining firms and pocketed the money.
Mugabe has already asked the police to investigate the matter.
Mugabe’s birthday a few weeks away, the 21st Movement on Tuesday last
week launched its fundraising campaign but has barred other party
functionaries from collecting donations on behalf of the movement
following the Manicaland debacle.
Annually Zanu PF youths are
dispatched around the country to help raise funds for Mugabe’s bash, but
the diamond probe has put a stop to the old custom amid fears that the
party could be exposed even more, analysts have said.
Teachers in rural areas are often forced to make donations to Zanu PF members for occasions such as Mugabe’s birthday bash.
Sikhosana, Zanu PF’s secretary for youth says party activists are now
barred from seeking donations on behalf of Zanu PF.
“We want to have it as tight as possible because we do not want to bring the name of the movement into disrepute.
order to instil confidence in the exercise, only those who have been
identified will spearhead the fundraising. This year’s fundraising
committee will be chaired by Comrade Johnson Masawi while each of the 10
provinces is expected to have one focal point coordinating the
fundraising,” said Sikhosana.
Analysts say Zanu PF is rattled by
the display of dirty linen in public and is now seeking to preen its
image ahead of a watershed election.
They said if junior members
in Manicaland can extort such huge amounts from companies, politburo
members and cabinet ministers should be getting far much more.
only is the party rattled by the revealing probe, but the collection of
money is extortion because in the majority of cases Zanu PF activists
will be intimidating companies.