A listener criticized ZANU PF information director Tafadzwa Mugwadi and Labor Economists and African Democrats (LEAD) president Linda Masariru for blaming sanctions for the country’s economic woes during an interview on state radio Star FM.
Mugwadi and Masarira, along with economist Gift Mugano, were panelists on Star FM’s Muriro’s On Monday programme.
They were invited to discuss whether Zimbabwe could speak with one voice on the sanctions issue.
An unidentified listener asked host Linda Muriro how those who complain about the sanctions can afford top-of-the-range cars despite the restrictions.
The listener, who hung up before giving his name and location, added that ZANU PF even had the money to buy the same cars for its rowdy youths. He said:
I have a problem with these people who say sanctions, sanctions, sanctions.
Sanctions don’t even touch us, but corruption is the main problem that touches us.
If you see the vehicles these people use, you will be amazed.
They wouldn’t buy these cars if they were under sanctions, but they buy the most expensive cars even for their youth.
In 2019, ZANU PF allocated US$15 million to import SUVs for its Central Committee officials, as well as 210 parliamentary candidates, county chairmen, women’s and youth league chairmen.
Vehicles included a 4×4 Isuzu, a Ford Ranger and a VW Amarok.
At the same time, Masarira argued that while corruption is rampant in Zimbabwe, the sanctions create fertile ground for bribery. | NewZimbabwe.com
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