ZANU PF officials in Chiredzi have vowed to continue leading mealie meal distribution in the district following clashes with MDC supporters who were not happy with partisan exercise.
There were clashes in Chiredzi on Thursday after MDC supporters accused the ruling party of politicising the distribution of mealie meal in the district, with the district development co-ordinator (DDC), Lovemore Chisema criticising the practice.
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However, in a letter dated April 2, and sent to ZANU PF groups, Chiredzi MP Farai Musikavanhu maintained that ruling party officials will remain in charge. He wrote:
Further to a resolution arising from a meeting held on March 30, 2020, and chaired by the DDC all four constituency MPs in Chiredzi district were mandated to be responsible for administering mealie-meal distribution at ward level in a drive to decongest selling points in Chiredzi town as part of the ongoing fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Musikavanhu said the decision to distribute the mealie-meal at the ward level was meant to decongest the major outlets in Chiredzi to avoid the spread of the deadly coronavirus in line with the national lockdown decree.
The shortage of mealie meal in the country has forced citizens to disregard the lockdown and social distancing requirements as they jostle to lay their hands on the scarce commodity.