LEGISLATORS from MDC Alliance are failing to provide relief aid to their constituencies due to poverty within the party during this COVID-19 lockdown period, Zim Morning Post has learnt.
This has resultantly left many of their supporters stranded and frustrated.
This comes at a time when Zanu PF MPs and party’s losing 2018 candidates are firmly in charge of the distribution of subsidized mealie meal.
Speaking to Zim Morning Post on Tuesday, Chitungwiza North Legislator Godfrey Sithole (MDC Alliance) accused the ruling party of coercing companies to give them food which they later politicise.
“It is public knowledge that companies are being frog-marched by Zanu PF to ‘donate’ to the party which would in turn politicise the ‘donations’,” Sithole said.
He denied accusations that opposition MPs were failing to provide food aid to their constituencies, saying his party was working tirelessly to ensure that no one died of hunger.
“It’s not true that MDC Alliance MPs have failed. MDC Alliance MPs have exceeded the expectations since they have been using personal resources to assist the vulnerable while Zanu PF MPs have been abusing the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) to get maize.
“The Zanu PF government must ensure that it complies with the Constitution by ensuring that every Zimbabwean has access to basic needs such as food and a decent working environment,” he said.
“The government must account for the millions of donations they are receiving from abroad to fight COVID-19 and its effects. It’s unheard of that the present Zanu PF government is now forcing citizens to buy self-test kits when we approved a huge budget as Parliament for the Ministry of Health to cater for that,” Sithole said.
Zanu PF legislator for Harare South Tongai Mnangagwa told Zim Morning Post that it feels so sad that when, as people representative, they fail to feed the vulnerable families.
“I feel it is a sad situation when people go hungry and we, as the people’s representatives, should do our best to help the vulnerable families in our area,“ Mnangagwa said.
“The situation we are in as a country and as a globe needs a collective approach. It’s time we all came together as a nation and deal with this pandemic,” he said.
“I am the only Zanu PF legislator in Harare but that doesn’t mean I am sourcing food aid for my constituency only. I have managed to put together a programme with various organisations to help all vulnerable families in Harare, “ he added.
We are going to go all around the province identifying the needy, regardless of their political affiliations and whether or not the constituency is under an MDC Alliance legislator,” Mnangagwa said.