Villagers of Mataruse area under Chief John Bhera-Mataruse a known Zanu PF activist, were last week ordered by a group of war veterans led by Tavona Chigwengwenene to pay US$10 each for the electrification of chief’s homestead near Mbirashava primary school.
Edius Moyo the former MDC -T chairman for Mberengwa district confirmed the incident to the Radio VOP on Thursday saying Chigwengwenene called for a meeting at Ruvuraugwi Primary school in Mataruse area on Wednesday and asked villagers to contribute US$10.
“People were ordered to make contributions to the chief as he is planning to electrify his homestead. Chigwengwenene and his group are collecting the US$10 from each household on the chief’s behalf,” said Moyo.
Moyo added: “This is not acceptable, actually they have taken it too far because it’s not our job to fund the electrification of the chief’s homestead, he should find his own source of funding instead of fleecing innocent citizens”.
Mberengwa has been a Zanu (PF) stronghold since independence, the party’s militias and war veterans have been mostly terrorising opposition supporters in the past few years.
Last year another group of war veterans and Zanu (PF) youths led by Sayinai Madhaka declared war against MDC supporters in Mberengwa district, saying their party should start setting up a refugee camp as they will be all forced to flee.
Early last year a group of war veterans were arrested after disrupting a constitutional parliamentary committee consultative meeting on the new constitution held at Vutsanana Secondary School in the same district.