Speaking at Cephas Msipa‘s burial yesterday, President Robert Mugabe said the housing programme being rolled out for young people by Zanu-PF would be revised after corrupt allocations had been unearthed. He said,
Even nyaya idzodzi idzi, dzema stand, which we would want to see revised because we cannot go the way we are doing. Ma youths anongoramba aripozve. But land hairambe iripo. Why can’t we start maprojects ekuvaka kuti vamwe vapinde mune matavapa; angave madouble storey building . . .to accommodate their people. (Even the issue of stand, which we would want to see revised because we cannot go the way we are doing. Youth will always be there. But land won’t. Why can’t we start building projects so that others occupy where we give them, be it double storey buildings…to accommodate their people.
Kasukuwere is accused of allocating stands to Walter Magaya and several ruling party youths loyal to him. Among those suspected to have benefited from the alleged scam are Magaya, Harare South MP, Shadreck Mashayamombe, Kuwadzana MP, Betty Kaseke and Kasukuwere’s younger brother, Tongai among several others.
Mugabe also criticised expelled former Mashonaland East Governor and former Zanu-PF provincial chair Ray Kaukonde whom he said protected white farmers during the post-2000 land reforms. Speaking on the issue he said,
When later, some audit was done, we discovered that Midlands had land which still had lots of varungu. Tobvunza kuti, ko chii? Kuda varungu here uku? Apa vayi batana nana Mnangagwa. Zvikanzi: ‘Aiwa, takasiya vese vakanga vari vemadairy. That was different because it was done on the basis of principle. Different from what happened in Mashonaland East. Aaaah, taiti sei; hakusisina land? Why? Yakapera? Tozoti totarisa zviri mupfimbi yedu yePeople First; taakuwongorara zvakanyanyisisa tikawona kuti aaaah, Kaukonde aisiira varungu ikoko. Varungu (vaive) shamwari dzake. (Whites were his friends). There were over 73 farms dzakaitwa discover, dzisiri agro-industrial asi pahushamwari. Hanzi tiri kudzivigiridza. Mazviona ka, izvozvo ndozvatisingade. VaMsipa vakanga vasingade.