The Professor Welshman Ncube led MDC has charged at the MDC-T and ZANU PF parliamentarians who urged a probe on Ncube alleging that he took a bribe from Indian Essar officials in the controversial ZiscoSteel deal.
Spokesperson of the MDC Nhlanhla Dube on Thursday lashed out at the MDC-T and ZANU PF legislators saying the allegations are “nonsensical, false, defamatory, scandalous and malicious.”
Parliamentary portfolio committee members made a presentation in the House on Tuesday alleging that there were irregularities in the Essar deal that has been stalled by bickering within the coalition government. They fingered Ncube as having been a recipient of a bribe in the deal in which he allegedly did not consult ZISCO directors.
“We wish to unequivocally and without any prevarication place it on record that the accusations being levelled against Prof. Ncube are not only spurious but pejorative and profane, sorely aimed at injuring both the person and political credibility of Prof Ncube as both a public servant and leader of the MDC,” Dube said in a statement.
The accusations brought out against Ncube stirred a debate on the social media as his supporters urged probes to be conducted on all politicians who have been fingered in corrupt activities.
“Yesterday they argued that he was very aloof and not in touch with the people. They accused him of being a ZANU PF mole,” wrote Discent Bajila, secretary general of the MDC Youths Assembly, “Today they join hands with ZANU PF in booing him when he comes to Parliament. Let the probe come and let the culture of probing public officials start. It’s a very welcome move.”
Ncube’s critics blamed him for the lack of progress in the deal saying he wanted to hand iron ore to the Indians at a give-away price which was endorsed by Cabinet this year.