Families sleep in the open as ZANU PF MP evicts own supporters

Chigumba-Christopher

Chitungwiza South MP Christopher Chigumba

By Mthulisi Mathuthu
SW Radio Africa
21 January 2014

In what has been described as a ‘desperate situation’ scores of people, including women and children, have been sleeping in the open for the last two weeks after Chitungwiza South MP Christopher Chigumba evicted his own supporters.

A NewsDay report Tuesday said nine families have so far been evicted from the Zano Remba Co-operative houses and 300 more are threatened.

The report said ZANU PF supporters, who include war veterans and vendors, wailed and accused Chigumba of dishonesty as they narrated their ordeal Monday. District war veterans leader Irene Hove is said to have wept uncontrollably. The evictees also accused the police of beating them and further accused Chigumba of personalizing the project.

Former St Mary’s legislator and leading Chitungwizwa community leader, Job Sikhala, told SW Radio Africa that the situation was desperate. Sikhala said the eviction was an act of ‘evil’ saying it was typical of ZANU PF which uses people during the campaign period only to dump them soon after the election.

He urged humanitarian agencies to move in to rescue the women and children who are at the mercy of the ‘rains, mosquito and thugs.’ Sikhala said: ‘If there is a situation right now which must be publicized all over the world it is that of women and children who are sleeping in the open right in the middle of the rain season. These people were used and they believed that ZANU PF cared for them. We really need to sympathize with them.’

Chigumba, who is the patron of the co-operative, is quoted in the report claiming that the project is not a co-operative but his personal business. He also accused the members of being crooks. He is also said to be demanding $5,000 cash from the members in addition to what they contributed over the years.

According to the report contributors to the housing project produced receipts which showed that the project is indeed a co-operative operating under the name Zano Remba Housing Co-operative and that they had been making monthly payments for several years.

The co-operative was started in 2004 with the help of the then Harare provincial governor, the late Witness Mangwende. According to NewsDay Mavis Chibanda said the project is built on state land for low-income earners such as the war veterans, soldiers and vendors. Chibanda also said that Chigumba was brought in as a patron because he is a ZANU PF MP but to the member’s surprise debt collectors pitched up at the place in 2009 demanding $5,000 from each family. At the time members were also shocked to hear that the co-operative belonged to Chigumba, under his company Chigumba Holdings.

According to NewsDay, the government ordered the Chitungwiza Municipality to surrender more than 1,000 stands to Chigumba ahead of the 2005 general elections.



8 Responsesto “Families sleep in the open as ZANU PF MP evicts own supporters”

  1. The Black Aristocrat says:

    Since 1980, Mugabe has only ever been interested in political power and wealth for himself, family, political and military cronies. Instead of proving to Zimbabweans and the rest of Africa that their
policies can stand up to free and fair elections, Mugabe and Zanu PF 
continue to stifle the nations potential,
    by rigging elections and 
using extreme violence when they lose, in order
    to retain power.

    African liberation hero?, no, a coward who used and continues to 
use threats, intimidation and extreme violence to stay in power.

    Yes Mugabe’s name will live on after death, as a vindictive, immoral coward, mass murderer, political thug, compulsive liar, brazen thief, and the embittered ‘leader’ who turned Zimbabwe into a Chinese
 colony rather than relinquish political power to the true owners of 
the country, the Zimbabwean people. He has a lot to answer for, and history hopefully will treat him no better than he treated
 his 20,000 Gukurahundi victims, nor should he deserve to
    be.

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      There he goes again. If you dream that Zimbabweans were just going to sit on their laurels without inviting the Chinese in helping the country when your cousins just walked away from us without offering meaningful financial assistance to a country they looted for centuries, then you must be naive, stupid, foolish and an idiot not worthy debating with.
      The Chinese were invited by us when your cousins just walked away without paying us reparations for impoverishing the Zimbabwean people. We want to be compensated for the abuse we suffered at the hands of your cousins. And this is not a joke man.

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      There he goes again. If you dream that Zimbabweans were just going to sit on their laurels without inviting the Chinese in helping the country when your cousins just walked away from us without offering meaningful financial assistance to a country they looted for centuries, then you must be naive, stupid, foolish and an idiot not worthy debating with.
      The Chinese were invited by us when your cousins just walked away without paying us reparations for impoverishing the Zimbabwean people. We want to be compensated for the abuse we suffered at the hands of your cousins. And this is not a joke man.

      • The Black Aristocrat says:

        Knucklehead – Mugabe and his Zanu henchmen, inherited the second richest country in Africa, with the best education and health systems and road infrastructure, and the lowest unemployment and highest life expectancy!

        In less than 34 years Mugabe he has reduced it to a bankrupt banana republic incapable of feeding itself, with the highest unemployment in the world, lowest life expectancy, and totally destroyed health and education system, all the result of one embittered little man’s insane quest to retain political power at any cost!

        Most of the looting in Zimbabwe is carried out by Mugabe and his cohorts in conjunction with their Chinese partners – if those billions being stolen were repatriated to the Zimbabwean treasury for capital projects instead of going direct to the thieves offshore bank accounts, Zimbabwe would be a different country overnight !

        If Zimbabwe is such a great place why are you, a shameless apologist for a genocidal maniac, singing for your supper from abroad?

        • Chimbwido Warvet says:

          Can you shut the fck up for once? You are getting very personal. Engage us with useful ideas than telling me where to live and spend my time. Very soon I may be tempted or persuaded to ask you how many rocking shags you had with your cousin last night.

  2. The Black Aristocrat says:

    Since 1980, Mugabe has only ever been interested in political power and wealth for himself, family, political and military cronies. Instead of proving to Zimbabweans and the rest of Africa that their
policies can stand up to free and fair elections, Mugabe and Zanu PF 
continue to stifle the nations potential,
    by rigging elections and 
using extreme violence when they lose, in order
    to retain power.

    African liberation hero?, no, a coward who used and continues to 
use threats, intimidation and extreme violence to stay in power.

    Yes Mugabe’s name will live on after death, as a vindictive, immoral coward, mass murderer, political thug, compulsive liar, brazen thief, and the embittered ‘leader’ who turned Zimbabwe into a Chinese
 colony rather than relinquish political power to the true owners of 
the country, the Zimbabwean people. He has a lot to answer for, and history hopefully will treat him no better than he treated
 his 20,000 Gukurahundi victims, nor should he deserve to
    be.

  3. Common Sense says:

    The People’s Party?

  4. Common Sense says:

    The People’s Party?

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