Public Service minister Prisca Mupfumira has reportedly turned down an invitation to attend an MDC-T rally and distribute food aid. Mupfumira was invited by Mutasa Central MP Trevor Saruwaka to attend a rally in Honde Valley today after she challenged legislators to allow her to explain government policy regarding the distribution of food aid.
Speaking to NewsDay, Saruwaka said,
She is chickening out. She has not even had the decency to meet me or respond in writing. Instead I have had to make do with a lame excuse from her personal assistant. She is trying to give me a verbal answer that she is unable to attend, but wants feedback from the rally without indicating if we are going to get the grain. We want her even to send a representative, that is good enough for us. They must do the same things they do at Zanu PF rallies. They give grain to their supporters knowing well that our supporters do not attend their rallies or would be forced to because they want to get food. That is unconstitutional and a clear violation of the freedom of association as well as abuse of the aid.
Efforts by the publication to get a comment from Mupfumira were fruitless yesterday, as she was said to be in meetings at the President’s Office.