PRESIDENT ED’S SPECIAL ADVISER CAUGHT UP IN VOTE BUYING STORM

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Keith T Mambo
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Keith T. Mambo is currently a reporter for ZiMetro News . He focuses on identity politics for The Southern Eye. He was previously a fellow at the UCT University of Cape Town for Political Science.

PRESIDENT ED’S SPECIAL ADVISER CAUGHT UP IN VOTE BUYING STORM

President ED’s special adviser and aspiring Norton candidate, Christopher Mutsvangwa has set tongues wagging after writing to at least five embassies asking for donations to fund social community projects.

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Mutsvangwa, who will participate in an election rerun after suffering a humiliating defeat is being accused of trying to buy votes so he can secure his victory in this second round.

In a letter that went viral on social media, Mutsvangwa reportedly wrote to the Chinese embassy asking donations.

He requested 20 beasts and other relish, 30 tonnes of mealie-meal, 15 tonnes of rice, $10 000 food vouchers at local supermarket, 7 500 litres fuel and 100 bicycles for community outreach programmes.

“I also ask for your help to get more support for Norton from local Chinese business community (sic),” he wrote in the undated correspondence.

“Specifically, I will appreciate if the Huawei, through both TelOne and NetOne, can help instal internet points of presence in Norton (sic).

“Also, if Jianxi International can focus on Norton and Chegutu in the programme of 500 boreholes offered by President Xi Jinping to President ED Mnangagwa in the recent visit to China (sic).

Finally, SynoHydro and ZTE can assist with solar tower lights to improve the night safety of Norton residents.”

Mutsvangwa defended the appeals for donations as a vote buying gimmick

“These are big items of a capital nature; tower lights, boreholes and internet are of long-term development well beyond elections,” he said.

“For your information, big corporates have already started helping out.

“You shall go to Norton and see surprises, henceforth, as of my return as a constituent player.”

Mutsvangwa said he had sent the appeal for assistance to the European Union, United Kingdom, Turkey, China, South Africa and Indian embassies.

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