By Amelia Johnson|
Auxillia Mnangagwa, wife of acting president Emmerson Mnangagwa, has been condemned by Zanu PF officials and supporters after she gave them day-old chicks as a ‘donation’ and then demanded exorbitant payments.
The chicks were delivered in Mnangagwa’s home town, Zvishavane, last week as part of events to celebrate his elevation to vice president and the party’s presidium.
Party leaders in the area said the purported donation was Mnangagwa’s way of apologising to his ‘homies’ for abandoning them in the 1980s when he went to settle in Kwe Kwe.
“When Mnangagwa was promoted to vice president in December, his wife came and apologised for having deserted the home town. She promised us free chicks as a way of showing remorse. We were, therefore, shocked to be told that we had to pay $12 for twenty chicks, which is higher than what the traders are charging,” said a Zanu PF official who declined to be named.
Sources said Auxillia Mnangagwa’s decision to charge party members for the ‘donation’ only came after she was told that a large number of Zanu PF officials in the area belonged to a faction led by dethroned former vice president Joice Mujuru, her husband’s rival in the race to succeed the ailing dictator Robert Mugabe.
Although the local MP, John Holder, is a pro-Mnangagwa militant, he only represented Zanu PF by default after the perceived winner of the party’s primary elections in 2013, Francis Murombedzi, a Mujuru loyalist, was disqualified after clashing with former MP Obert Matshalaga.
Sources told Now Daily that Mnangagwa was deeply unpopular in his home town. This was because of his alleged role in the murder of thousands of Ndebeles during the 1980s Gukurahundi military crackdown targetting mostly PF Zapu members.
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