Arrest Command Agric abusers, VP tells police

VP Mnangagwa

VP Mnangagwa

From Walter Nyamukondiwa in KADOMA—
Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged the police to arrest corrupt elements like middlemen and officials abusing the Command Agriculture programme. VP Mnangagwa said the police should enforce Statutory Instrument 79, which was gazetted recently and arrest opportunists profiteering from Government funded programmes.

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“This Statutory Instrument thus makes the abuse of inputs distributed under the Command Agriculture Scheme for domestic crop, livestock and fisheries production a criminal offence,” said VP Mnangagwa.

“In view of the lessons learnt from previous programmes, with regards to middlemen and opportunists, who thrive on profiteering from Government funded programmes, SI 79 of 2017, therefore, protects produce and Government property acquired under the Command Programme from abuse and misappropriation.”

SI 79 provides for inspectors to visit beneficiaries to verify adherence to contractual obligations.

VP Mnangagwa said the regulations were also a reaction to findings of his recent visit to Grain Marketing Board depots in Mashonaland West Province where inefficiencies and manipulation of grain moisture content in connivance with middlemen were noted.

The grain will then be sold at the gazetted price of $390 by the middlemen once they buy it from the farmers for less.

“That is corruption. Down with corruption. We now have a law to arrest such people. Manipulating others into giving up their maize for less than the gazetted price, stealing fertiliser, seed and inputs will lead to arrest,” he said.

“If the police did not know that we now have such a law in place I am telling them today that they should start arresting offenders.”

He was speaking at a ground breaking ceremony of agro-residential stands in Kadoma being developed by Craft Properties.

VP Mnangagwa said Government programmes were formulated not to enrich individuals.

He said it was unfair that someone folds their hands during the cropping season only to surface during the marketing season.

VP Mnangagwa said he was assigned to be the “Joseph” of the nation and through the Command Agriculture programme Zimbabwe will be free from hunger.

The country expects a bumper harvest.

“We have four clusters under Zim-Asset and I was given two of them namely Food Security and Nutrition and Value Addition and Beneficiation. I was given a task to ensure that the country has enough food,” said VP Mnangagwa.

“So I am like the Joseph of Egypt, who should ensure that the nation is fed through Command Agriculture. God responded by giving us abundant rains and we came with fertilisers, seed and fuel for our people.”

Cabinet recently approved Command Livestock, which seeks to build on the success of the first phase of the Command Agriculture scheme, which mainly covered maize.

“It was only on Tuesday July 11, 2017 when a meeting was convened with all stakeholders in the livestock value chain to deliberate on the implementation modalities and budget of the programmes,” said VP Mnangagwa.

“This is ample testimony of Government’s commitment to avail and facilitate broad based and multi-sectoral economic growth and involvement by the people.”

The Command Livestock programme will see Government providing funds to farmers.

On Craft Properties agro-residential stands, VP Mnangagwa said the project blends elements of Government’s agriculture thrust and residential development.

He hailed Craft Properties for heeding Government’s call for indigenous companies to enter into Public-Private-Partnerships in line with point number seven of the 10-Point Plan announced by President Mugabe in 2015.

VP Mnangagwa urged local authorities to avail land and infrastructure to private players to reduce the housing backlog currently standing at around 1,5 million.

Craft Properties managing director Mr Kudakwashe Taruberekera urged banks and building material suppliers to offer credit and loans to low income earners.

Sitting on 50 hectares of land, the project has 93 agro-residential plots measuring about 4 000 square metres each.

Over 1 500 high density stands are at various levels of development and are expected to reduce Kadoma City housing backlog, which stands at 20 000.

Mr Taruberekera, who was backed by Zion Christian Church through their leader Bishop Dr Nehemiah Mutendi, said he learnt the virtues of hardworking and building at the church.

Bishop Mutendi said all effort without the blessing of God was in vain.

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  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Arrest opportunists ? Why use euphemism ? They are criminals , are n`t they? My foot! Easier said than done. This demoralizes farmers. Middle criminals at the tobacco floors . Middle criminals now at GMB? Why allow it to become Grain Criminal Board(GCB)? Nehanda forbid! We eagerly expect results

    • zimbotry

      If they had cash, then they are connected to bigwigs, so nothing will be done. This is how yow version of Zimbabwe works. Bribery and corruption.

      • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

        Dont just generalize . Go and give police information about where they get the money ,please. Court trials are not done on “speculative evidence“.

        • zimbotry

          They are in Zimbabwe when there is any threat to the current Government

    • Umfansimbi

      Its Sanctions Professor!! The West Regime Agents in full swing! Glad we share the same feelings on this one for a change

    • Zvobgo

      As preached by ED for Egypt Dzinemunhenzva

  • Umfansimbi

    And all along we thought Pro Jonathan Moyo was hallucinating. Can Chiwenga and crew comment?I hate Moyo but on this one he has a point.Thanks Ngwena for silencing Moyo’s critics

  • Gushungo WekuGP

    Top of the people who must be arrested immediately are the gold smugglers and the diamond thieves who left a paper trail that any auditor and detective can follow the scent. There is even a large property here in Durban that was bought with these proceeds with cash. It is public knowledge.

  • Gary WekuZviyambe

    ZANU-PF is in charge of all parastatals hence they are the ones promoting corruption there

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      MDC is in charge of municipalities and therefore they also promote corruption there. Did fatigued and now politically confused Tsvangiruza agree with you?

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    But the majority of voters for ZANU PF don`t do so because of what you call culture of patronage. I beg to continue differing with you. I don`t buy your MDC worn out political lies. Just prepare for the 2018 free and fair elections to test your MDC political luck,please.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Interesting you talk of having evidence about corruption. You should assist the police and government to nail the fingered and identified. Remember that a criminal is presumed innocent until proven guilty. It is also my wish to see all criminals brought to book. But criminals are not given to ZANU PF party alone,I will continue to argue. Corruption is by no means a ZANU PF totem,please. MDC councilors and officials under an MDC controlled council were also fingered . Sometimes the problem for government or police is complainants failing or reluctant to testify in law courts. We all want to see corruption eradicated.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Get lost you nincompoop!

    • Zvobgo

      People who were really afta liberating their countries saana
      Seretse Khama, Nelson Mandela, Sam Nujoma, Julius Nyerere crafted sustainable mechanisms for contestation and transfer of state power.

      Kwete zvatovona kuno from these hwindhis!

      • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

        Do you know that it was our late national hero Cde Eddison Zvobgo who drafted the law Bill for our Presidential Powers for our current leader. Can you guess who also drafted the One Centre Power rules. Ve Zhira ka to empower muzukuru wavo ,our dear leader! Ko zvino chiiko chaipa nhasi. Kkkkkkkk!

  • Bin T

    mapurisa hero basa kikikikikik kwete kumirira roadblocks chete

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    You should retire from this forum. Kkkkkkk!

    • succuba

      You should answer questions….kikkiki

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    KKkkkkkkkk! But who wanted to appoint a banker who had been fired from NMB for poor corporate governance, without due diligence?