Army Kicks Out Zanu PF From Chimanimani

The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has reportedly ordered Zanu PF bigwigs not to interfere with the distribution of food aid in Cyclone Idai-hit Chimanimani in a bid to avoid politicizing the humanitarian aid.

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This follows claims that Zanu PF youths have taken over food distribution in Ngangu, Kopa and other parts of Chimanimani where many were left in dire straights.

The Amy was forced to step in on Sunday after Zanu PF officials tried to give themselves a role in the distribution of aid, sourced through the Mayor’s Cheer Fund.

Francis Mandaza, the public relations manager for Harare City Parking, who accompanied the Harare mayor to Chimanimani confirmed the incident.

“The army officials had to tell them to go away because the issue was non-partisan. We thought it should be common knowledge that when such a disaster strikes, nobody should be seen to be keen on harvesting politically from that,” he said.

“We are, however, happy that we managed to carry out our social responsibility (function) by donating food and non-food items to the needy… as a city, we are not only about taking from (motorists and residents through) parking fees and rentals, but also helping out where colleagues are in need.”

Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo said while relief efforts were being coordinated by the Ministry of Local Government, officials from the ruling party may have genuinely thought they could help out.

“They genuinely wanted to help because they could not have left people to starve, could they?” he said.

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