Businessman and aspiring ZANU PF parliamentary candidate for Dangamvura/Chikanga constituency, Esau Mupfumi has urged the electorate to only vote for candidates who possess properties in order to reduce corrupt tendencies by public office-bearers.
Mupfumi, who is a ZANU PF Central Committee member, made the remarks on the sidelines of a free health services programme which he initiated at Dangamvura Polyclinic on Tuesday.
He also told NewZimbabwe.com that Dangamvura/Chikanga required a lawmaker with good management skills. Said Mupfumi:
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This constituency needs a leader with proper management skills. Voters must have a certain requirement of the leader they would want.
It does not make sense for someone with US$2 million worth of properties, to vote for someone who is broke.
We are losing it by voting for people of poor calibre who get into politics eyeing employment opportunities.
… People must vote for leaders who are concerned about their welfare, not poor people who are after embezzling funds.
By virtue that someone is poor, it means they will be corrupt if they are elected into office.
The Dangamvura/Chikanga seat fell vacant after the MDC Alliance’s Prosper Mutseyami was recalled from Parliament by the MDC-T led by Douglas Mwonzora.
The MDC-T had notified Speaker Jacob Mudenda that Mutseyami was no longer a member of Mwonzora’s faction.
Meanwhile, at least 12 medical doctors and scores of nurses offered free medical check-ups to over 1 000 elderly people in the constituency.