The ruling Zanu-PF is reported to have ordered its 10 provinces to raise at least $75 000 each in order to pay back the Treasury for money which was advanced to President Robert Mugabe to donate $1 million to the African Union (AU). President Mugabe presented a cheque of $1 million to the AU, with the money purportedly coming from the sale of 300 cattle which Mugabe had earlier on pledged to the organisation. However, when the donation was made, the money had not yet been mobilised forcing Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa to advance Mugabe the $1 million from Treasury.
A source who spoke to NewsDay said:
The President presented a cheque for $1 million, but the money raised from the cattle auction was nowhere near that amount.
(Zanu PF secretary for administration, Ignatius) Chombo and the national political commissar (Saviour Kasukuwere) are now scrambling to raise the money.
Chombo and his colleagues told the President that they had raised $1 million, but there was no money and Chinamasa had to make a last-minute intervention.
The money they are forcing provinces to raise now is probably meant to pay back Treasury. It’s a murky project that is open to abuse.
Zanu PF activist and businessman, Jimayi Muduvu said:
I attended that meeting (Monday) and, I must say, while provinces were asked to raise a minimum of $75 000 each, it is not going to the AU.
The AU donation has already been paid. I was responsible for the cattle auctions. It was a successful programme and the donations from all provinces were overwhelming. We raised over $1 million.
Robert Mugabe is a Zimbabwean revolutionary and statesman who has been President of the Republic of Zimbabwe since 1987. Previously, he was the prime minister of Zimbabwe since the attainment of independence until 1980. He is also the co-founder of the ZANU-PF. By different sections of people both locally and abroad, Mugabe has been viewed as both a ruthless dictator and champion of the previously marginalised interest of the majority black people. Most recently he is most known for leading Zimbabwe into one of its worst periods economically, but also leading the crafting of the land question through the Third Chimurenga exercise of the 2000 - 2010 decade. Read More
Patrick Anthony Chinamasa is a politician and member of the ruling ZANU-PF party and is currently serving as Minister of Finance in the Zimbabwean government. He served as a cabinet Minister since 2000. Read More
Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) is a liberation war movement/party that has been ruling Zimbabwe since the country attained its independence in 1980. The party's main agenda was to liberate the country from the bondage of settler regime led by Ian Smith and to bring economic emancipation to the indigenous people. Read More