Sunday, 30 July 2017


THE opposition MDC-T has been caught in a vote buying scam where some of the party members in Bulawayo are allegedly going around promising home owners that the party will soon be writing off the debts the residents owe to city council.

The unscrupulous individuals are reportedly telling people that they will use their dominance within the council to pass a resolution that will compel the local authority to write off debts for the elderly and less privileged. This comes despite the local authority recently revealing that they will be appealing against any possible debt write-off as the country approaches the 2018 general elections.

The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere has also said there won’t be any debt write-off for owing residents next year.

Investigations by Sunday News revealed that MDC-T members were targeting the elderly in Makokoba and Mzilikazi compiling a list of people who will allegedly benefit from the reprieve. The alleged individuals, led by the district women’s chairperson, Mrs Khumbulani Mpofu are allegedly aligned to Mr Sibangilizwe Msipa who is eyeing to represent the party in the constituency in next year’s elections.

Ironically, Mr Msipa had dumped the party to contest, initially under the Professor Welshman Ncube led MDC and later as an Independent candidate. Party sources have since claimed that Mr Msipa is now strongly linked to the party’s deputy president Thokozani Khupe’s camp within the opposition party.

However, another source with strong links to the MDC-T fingered officials from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), alleging that they were the ones writing down the names in the pretext that they were working with a certain embassy which was willing to release funds for the debt write-off.
Contacted for comment, Mrs Mpofu confirmed being aware of the issue but distanced herself from it.

“Yes, I know that there are such happenings in Makokoba but I only heard about it and went to watch from a distance, people just want to fabricate the whole issue and ruin my name. This is politics, people can do anything to bring you down,” said Mrs Mpofu. sunday news


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