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Zanu PF leaders loot Grace donated chicken feed

10/11/2017 00:00:00
by Mashonaland East Correspondent
Buy your own ... Marondera Central MP, Lawrence Katsiru

MARONDERA: Members of the Zanu PF Women's League have accused the provincial executive of stealing tonnes of chicken feed and chemicals donated by the First Lady, Grace Mugabe.

The theft has forced the women to feed their birds on Sadza resulting in some of them (birds) dying.

Three weeks ago, Mugabe donated 3 000 day old broiler chicks to Zanu PF members as the party drums up support ahead of the 2018 elections.

However, women in Marondera Central district are complaining that they were yet to receive the donated chicken feed resulting in some of the birds dying due to lack of adequate feed and chemicals.

"When we received our chicks last month, we were told that we would receive our feed and the chemicals the next day, but up to now nothing has been delivered," one of the beneficiaries said this week.

She said the members had made repeated visits and enquiries at the Zanu PF provincial offices.

"We now strongly suspect that our supplies were looted by the senior officials for their personal use. Our MP, Lawrence Katsiru has told us to use our own resources to buy the chicken feed. But we don't have the money.

If we had money to buy the feed, we would not have bothered queuing for Mai Mugabe's donations as we would have started our own projects," another member of the project said.

She said due to lack of chicken feed, the political activists were now forced to feed their birds with Sadza and plain maize.

"Our birds are not improving. We received 50 birds from the donation and some have died due to lack of proper feeds," she said.

According to the women, for their chickens to reach maturity age at six weeks, they required $200 for the feeds and chemicals, money which they were unable to raise.

The chicken rearing project was launched by Mugabe last month as part of her campaign to give 3 000 birds to Zanu PF members in each of the country's ten provinces.

Last month, the first lady made headlines when she donated second-hand clothing including underwear to thousands of Mutare residents.

Repeated efforts to get a comment from Katsiru since Monday were fruitless.


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