- Zanu youths accuse fuel mogul of controlling Zimbabwe’s means of production
- Tagwirei accused of importing vehicles without due process
- Holds blank cheque in tender processes, road construction, gold claims, supply of fuel and parallel market rates
ZANU PF Youth League on Monday urged Zimbabweans to rise up and disempower cartels that have taken over the means of production with carte blanche permission from government officials.
Zanu PF Youth League political commissar Godfrey Tsenengamu told reporters at a press conference away from the party’s HQ, an ominous sign that they did not have the backing of the ruling party, that Tagwirei’s operation was the reason why the gap between the rich and the poor was widening.
“We are asking leadership to choose to stand with Kuda and continue eating (looting) or to come on the side of the people,” Tsenengamu told reporters.
Tsenengamu addressed the press flanked by party deputy secretary for youth affairs Lewis Matutu.
The pair told the media that they may be kicked out of Zanu PF for standing up against Tagwirei but were ready to face the consequences as their conscience was clear.
“We have prepared ourselves for this whatever consequence is coming. We don’t care. We don’t mind but what matters is that the message has been sent,” Matutu said.
“…what makes him hold a monopoly over the supply of fuel, command agriculture, money in the streets. How does an individual withdraw money amounting to $500, 000 cash, to do what? At one time his accounts where frozen. Aa far as we are concerned the majority of our problems are because of Kuda Tagwirei,” Matutu added.
The youth leaders challenged Tagwirei to prove to the world that he is not corrupt daring authorities to hold a public hearing for the multi-millionaire to put all concerns to bed.
“…this person (Tagwirei) is a merciless man who doesn’t have a heart,” alleged Matutu.
“Look at the effort of government but you have one man. We don’t have a problem with a person buying expensive cars. But (we have a problem) when you do that when you are the cause of the suffering for so many).
The youth leaders said their fight was apolitical but felt compelled to speak out as persons with positions of authority.
The ruling party youth leaders also turned their guns on Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) chairperson Tafadzwa Musarara saying he was among the unscrupulous business people reportedly diverting subsidized mealie meal to the black market.
Businessman Billy Rautenbach was also singled out by the two ruling party youth leaders as holding the nation to ransom in so far as the supply of ethanol.
Matutu and Tsenengamu also hit out at authorities for protecting machete gangs.
Curiously, the Zanu PF youth leaders raised eyebrows when they maintained that despite the existence of powerful cartels surrounding President Emmerson Mnangagwa he remained un-captured.