Mnangagwa's Youth league in sensational U-turn

 Mnangagwa's Youth league in sensational U-turn
Published: 22 July 2019 (250 Views)
IN AN astonishing development which further raises questions on the credibility of its anti-corruption crusade, the Zanu-PF Youth League has recanted allegations it made against one of the party officials — despite having insisted it had evidence against people it implicated in graft activities.

Zanu-PF MP and businessman, Tinoda "Tinmac" Machakaire - who had been accused of being involved in graft by the Zanu-PF youth league in June - was cleared during a rally held in Wedza at the weekend.

Curiously, when Machakaire, was named among the party officials involved in corrupt activities, he claimed he had turned down "bribery" demands by some of the youth league seniors.

Speaking during a rally in Machakaire's constituency at the weekend, youth league national political commissar  Godfrey Tsengengamu apparently shouldered part of the blame — telling supporters that the legislator had brought evidence which showed he was not corrupt.

"I am among those who named him, but unlike others on the list who threatened us with lawsuits and some verbally, Machakaire brought evidence to prove that he was not corrupt.

"We have seen some trying to sue us, it's very clear that they want to hide something," Tsenengamu told Zanu-PF supporters who gathered at Ruzane Business Centre.

Interestingly, youth league deputy secretary Lewis Matutu told our sister paper, the Daily News on Sunday at the beginning of this month that they had "solid evidence" against party officials named during its media briefing in June.

"As we indicated, more names are coming. Unfortunately when individuals are accused of being corrupt, they want to politicise national issues to get sympathy from the public.

"This has nothing to do with Zanu-PF internal politics, those accused must separate their personal interests with those of the party.

"We have overwhelming evidence and we're going to submit it before the commission. That's all I can say for now," Matutu said in apparent reference to the commission of inquiry which President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said should investigate the youth league allegations.

Speaking at the same weekend rally in Wedza, Machakaire said he was a businessman who abided by the country's laws.

"Our message is very clear, if there is anyone who is corrupt, he must go to jail. As you all know, I was amongst the list of corrupt officials. If found guilty, I must rot in jail," he said.

When the youth league accused Machakaire and senior Zanu-PF officials of corruption, Machakaire claimed he had turned down demands for money which had been made by some of the youths who then went to implicate him.

- dailynews

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