By Court Reporter
Police in Mashonaland East are probing Provincial Affairs Minister David Musabayana on allegations that he duped Zanu PF women’s league members of thousands of dollars.
The investigation followed a report filed with the police by the women’s league members at Hwedza Police Station.
A senior officer on Wednesday confirmed the filing of the report, but declined to give finer details citing protocol reasons.
“There is a report to that effect,” she said in a telephone interview with New Zimbabwe.
“It’s now with Marondera police. I can’t comment on it because I am not allowed to speak to the press. Speak to the Marondera Dispol,”she said.
One of the complainants, Milliet Gatsi, on Thursday confirmed that their matter was now being dealt with by Marondera Police.
“We reported the case at Hwedza Police Station who transferred it to Marondera,” she said.
“Marondera Dispol (officer commanding the district) Munyanyi, told us on Tuesday that he had received the docket and was studying it.”
She said they were not pleased with the slow pace the police were dealing with the matter, adding they would soon approach the anti-corruption unit recently established with the office of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Besides the police report, the women recently petitioned Mnangagwa, claiming Musabayana fraudulently collected $2 each from 10 000 members in Hwedza North constituency, claiming he wanted to open bank accounts for them.
“We are now saying that he has cheated us of our hard-earned money because he brought us Agri-Plus cards without any Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) numbers. When we went to the bank, they chased us away saying the cards were useless. We tried Hwedza police to bail us out, but we were not entertained,” the petition reads.
“So, as Zanu PF members, faithful to our party, we have decided to see our President, since Musabayana says he answers to no one other than the President himself. We no longer want to see Musabayana in our constituency, Hwedza North.”
Musabayana is the Zanu PF candidate in Hwedza North for July 30 parliamentarian elections.
The police probe into Musabayana comes amid mounting problems for the resident minister.
The minister is also accused of abusing authority, undermining traditional leaders and working with people opposed to the ruling Zanu PF government.
Recently, Chief Nyahuye Svosve of Hwedza wrote to Zanu PF and President Mnangagwa asking them to recall Musabayana from his ministerial position and also bar him from contesting parliamentary elections for Hwedza North.
Musabayana was also accused of abusing his office and name dropping the president’s name for personal gain.
In his letter, Chief Svosve accused Musabayana of disrespecting traditional leaders.
“So we request from you the President (Mnangagwa) and VP (Constantino Chiwenga), the government and party that we do not want Musabayana as MP because he has no respect for traditional leaders and war veterans. He must be disqualified, we are not happy because he is working with the G40 cabal that wanted to kill the President,” Svosve said in a letter written on May 6.
According to the letter, all traditional leaders in Hwedza were not happy with Musabayana and did not want him to be MP for the area.