Chimanimani West legislator, Nokuthula Matsikinyeri said denied distributing food aid along partisan lines to survivors of Cyclone Idai.
She said villagers who received relief aid last Saturday evening were from MDC strongholds. Said Matsikinyeri:
I am surprised that people are saying only Zanu-PF supporters received relief aid. Since the trucks that were carrying food arrived late, I personally requested that the teams from the Department of Social Welfare, United Nations and Innscor start distributing food to people from Nyamusundu, Muusha, Chinamira and Utseya villages since they had to travel about 7km back home. Those areas are actually MDC strongholds. I did not get many votes there, so I am surprised that people would say we prioritised Zanu-PF supporters.
Matsikinyeri said she made sure that the people who had received the food were from the worst affected areas.