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.
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