Cowdray Park and ZANU PF Councillor, Mr Kidwell Mujuru has refuted claims that he diverted government subsidised mealie-meal to the black market.
The Sunday News reports that residents were left fuming last Monday after a truck delivering the product at TM Cowdray Park in Bulawayo only offloaded half the load before being allegedly diverted by Clr Mujuru to the new stands popularly known as Esigodweni.
Responding to the allegations, Mujuru said that it is not true that the intention was to supply the black market. He added:
I think people misread my intentions. It is true that the truck took some of the roller meal to the area you are mentioning but this was solely so that people from the area can benefit too because most of them were failing to get to TM or even the terminus where the product was sold. As a local councillor I then got in touch with the suppliers and asked them to go to Esigodweni and deliver the product.
This comes when the country has a huge shortage of mealie-meal due to the El Nino induced drought and poor agricultural policies since two decades ago.
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