The Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Nick Mangwana has said that he made some investigations which concluded that intended beneficiaries received their rice. Mangwana posted on Twitter saying:
Talking to family members in @‘s Chivi South constituency as well as local leadership including councillors, all confirm that the rice alleged to have been stolen has actually been distributed to the beneficiaries. What are we dealing with here Hon, local politics?
These remarks are in sync with those of Zimbabwe Republic Police Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi who said:
From our investigations we have established that the rice in question was distributed in Chivi South constituency by the Department of Social Welfare on the directive of the relevant minister. We have also established that another consignment is on its way there. There’s no theft which took place.
Zivhu was last year suspended by ZANU PF Masvingo leadership which also wanted him expelled from the party over reports that he was calling for dialogue between MDC leader, Nelson Chamisa and President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Norton Legislator (independent), Temba Mliswa also posted on Twitter reminding Zivhu that he was seen as a G40 member who benefitted under former president, Robert Mugabe in land deals through Chombo, therefore, he was being avoided by some party members.