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Byo East MDC-T members threaten to defect over farming inputs

MDC_T logoMDC-T members in Bulawayo East Constituency are threatening jump ship to the Professor Welshman Ncube led party accusing its district executive of misappropriating farming inputs intended for them.

The members allege that corruption is rife in the district executive structures and as such they have had enough.

“The constituency got two tones from the scheme, but surprisingly the suspended district chairperson Dominic Shumba and the secretary Silas Chigora hijacked the process,” said one member.

He said they allegedly distributed 50 kg of seed maize while the rest disappeared.

“The rest of it was stolen from the party provincial offices,” said the source.

He said most members were disgruntled due to the fact that acts of reported corruption had not been addressed.

“We are about to lose our patience because it seems some people are not dealt with when they commit offences,” said the source.

He hinted that if the matter was unresolved he would cross floors and join another party that did not tolerate corruption.

Another member said a vote of no confidence was passed against Mr Shumba and Mr Chigora, but no further action was taken, as they were still occupying the posts.

“If things are going at this rate I will be forced to join a better party that respects people’s decisions,” said the member.

She said if the party could not properly distribute seed maize it meant that worse could occur if they are entrusted with bigger responsibilities.

“We do not understand how the inputs vanished and why the issue has not been investigated further. This corruption needs to be put to an end before people leave the party,” said the member.

Contacted for comment Mr Shumba and Mr Chigora said it was party policy that only the spokesperson comments on matters relating to the press.

MDC-T provincial spokesperson Mr Mandla Sibanda said he was unaware of developments in Bulawayo East constituency as he was out of town.

“I will, however, make investigations and find out what transpired after which I will take further action basing on what I would have found,” said Mr Sibanda.

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