By Tichaona Sibanda
2 May 2013
The MDC-T’s deputy national organizing secretary has threatened to sue ZANU PF’s Mines Minister Obert Mpofu for portraying him as a ‘thief’.
Abednico Bhebhe told SW Radio Africa on Thursday that Mpofu was campaigning for ZANU PF in Nkayi last week and told people in the constituency that Bhebe had stolen a tractor and a truck from the government.
Bhebhe also said that Mpofu has become notorious for making hate speeches whenever he goes on a platform to address political rallies. He accused the Mines Minister of delivering venomous speeches against the MDC-T and party leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
‘Some of what he has been saying cannot be repeated on a respectable radio station or newspaper. I want to urge the government to warn politicians from using language that may spew hatred among political opponents,’ Bhebhe said.
He added: ‘People who live in glass houses shouldn’t be throwing stones like Obert Mpofu is doing. If he’s calling me a thief, what should we call him? asked Bhebhe.
Bhebhe claimed Mpofu has become so desperate for ZANU PF to win in the Matabeleland region that he distributed 30 tonnes of maize to buy votes. But the maize turned out to be rotten.
‘Two weeks ago he was in Matabeleland North province where he distributed 30 tonnes of rotten maize to people. We have all the testimonies on video and this shows you the amount of desperation to try and salvage a seemingly impossible task of winning his party votes in this region,’ he said.