Chiyangwa Bounces Back In Politics Amid Vote Buying

Hardly a week after he was co-opted in Makonde district co-ordinating committee as secretary for indigenisation, Chiyangwa is sponsoring some of the youths to vote for him for the post of chairman.

A party insider told Radio VOP that Chiyangwa was paying for food and accommodation for the youths who had been drawn from Karoi, Hurungwe and Kariba and deployed in Kadoma and Chegutu on Monday. He was sidelining those from Chinhoyi.

President Robert Mugabe is on record denouncing use of money to get support.

A disgruntled member from Karoi said there was confusion and division as some youths had dumped acting chairman Hurungwe Senator Reuben Marumahoko who had been mandated to re-structure the party grassroots structures that were in shambles.

”Chiyangwa has brought divisions because of money. Some candidates are pulling out.”

He is due to contest Walter Chidhakwa from Zvimba.

Chiyangwa’s re entrance to the party is still yet to get a nod from national chairman Simon Khaya-Moyo.

He is famed for sponsoring the notorious gang code named Top Six in Chinhoyi that terrorised mainly Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters during his tenure as provincial chairman since 2000. He later turned his back against Zanu (PF) in 2004 after he was arrested for espionage when he was accused of selling party secrets.

As divisions continue to dogde the province, Chiyangwa who is President Mugabe’s nephew has support of party bigwigs among them Ignatius Chombo, Webster Shamu among others.

He could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile villagers in Murehwa has called on politicians not to abuse youths by giving them hand-outs to commit acts of violence but rather empower them.

Murehwa, a politically volatile area, witnessed cases of violence during the 29 March and 27 June 2008 elections.

Participants called on prosecution of perpetrators of violence starting with Gukurahundu which happened in the early 1980s and resulted in at least 20 000 killed by the North Korean trained 5th Brigade.

President Robert Mugabe admitted that “it was a moment of madness”.

A similar meeting in Kwekwe called on the government to use new technology to come up with a clean voters roll.