Chamisa's ally wants Mnangagwa's govt to pay for Bulawayo looting

Chamisa's ally wants Mnangagwa's govt to pay for Bulawayo looting
Published: 11 February 2019 (116 Views)
Government must pay for the looting that occurred in Bulawayo last month, the secretary-general of the main MDC party Douglas Mwonzora has said.

Mwonzora was reacting to sentiments by Zanu-PF politburo member and former youth league boss Absolom Sikhosana who boldly declared recently that the organisers of the protests should pay for the damages caused.

Sikhosana was part of a delegation that toured companies in Bulawayo recently to ascertain the quantum of the damage resulting from the riots which rocked the country last month after President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government increased the price of fuel by 150 percent.

He said it was unfair for taxpayers' money to be used in resuscitating the affected businesses.

"The organisers of the protests should pay for the damages; why should government use taxpayers' money that could have otherwise been used for other developmental purposes? It is common knowledge that the protests were organised by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, the civil society, and this opposition party that we have," he said.

In response, Mwonzora told the Daily News that the MDC did not organise the protests adding that Mnangagwa and his government were partly responsible for the looting.

"The MDC did not organise the stay-away at all; it was organised by other people and members of the public, including members of the MDC heeded the call. Even Zanu-PF members were part of the protesters," he said.

"Blaming the MDC is mere cheap propaganda. People were outraged by government's inept handling of the doctors' strike; they were outraged by the president's announcement of fuel price hikes. The fault lies with the government," added the MDC secretary-general.

Mwonzora said government should also pay for the losses incurred by business after the Internet was shut down during the protests.

"Government should also pay for the business lost as a result of disconnection of the Internet because that act was unlawful; it was found by the court as unlawful. People lost business because of government's actions. They are not a serious government. They are horribly inward looking and they always seek to blame someone even for their own ineptitude," he said.

Home Affairs minister Cain Mathema who was part of the inter-ministerial team that visited Bulawayo last week said arresting the looters had been a herculean challenge for the police.

The Finance ministry has already indicated that it will avail a $20 million special fund to assist the businesses that were destroyed during the protests.

A report by the provincial committee on damaged property and stock lost submitted that 181 affected shops were visited last month.

According to the report, most of the shops were not insured and they lost company documents during the lootings.

Total preliminary property loss was $19,5 million, with Entumbane worst hit at $4 million loss, Lobengula next with $3,5 million loss, with over 150 shops affected.

Vendors were also adversely affected the stay-away.

In his presentation before the committee, town clerk Christopher Dube said the city's infrastructure was damaged while service delivery was adversely disrupted during the three-day protests.

Industrialist Busisa Moyo said most companies in Bulawayo's industrial sites were not directly affected by the riots but they received threats as to why they remained open during the protests.

The National Bakers Association of Zimbabwe said 120 000 loaves of bread, the daily supply in the city, were wasted on the first day of the protests.

Finance minister Mthuli Ncube recently said government will deliver a "very concrete and direct" response to businesses affected by the violence, adding the bills for the damages must be covered by the State, with insurers also chipping in.

"It's something that is as least within our means; we are very determined as government," Ncube said, after listening to presentations by various affected sectors.



- dailynews

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Mnangagwa admits deploying military crackdown

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 123 Views

Mutambara pays tribute to 'literary giant' Mungoshi

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 90 Views

Chiwenga still in Indian hospital

by newzimbabwe | 17 February 2019 | 136 Views

Auxilia Mnangagwa's hand exposed in Zanu-PF youth league ructions

by newzimbabwe | 17 February 2019 | 133 Views

Zimbabwean facing UK deportation says fears being 'killed' at home

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 112 Views

Bushiri's private jet attached

by news24 | 17 February 2019 | 91 Views

24 bodies retrieved from flooded Zimbabwe gold mine

by AFP | 17 February 2019 | 92 Views

Mnangagwa launches crackdown on illegally settled farm occupiers

by newzimbabwe | 17 February 2019 | 87 Views

Mnangagwa claims that fuel and wheat shortages already fixed

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 106 Views

AFM drama continues

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 110 Views

Smart agriculture will boost economy

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 89 Views

Masowe woman in record breaking home deliveries

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 105 Views

Chamisa, Mnangagwa dialogue is not about power-sharing

by Nick Mangwana | 17 February 2019 | 98 Views

Zimbabwe unlikely to renew Bureau Veritas deal

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 81 Views

We remain committed to media liberalisation

by Hon. Monica Mutsvangwa | 17 February 2019 | 82 Views

City dwellers to get food relief

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 78 Views

Govt begins receiving applications for voluntary retirement

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 105 Views

MDC Alliance lie has no legs

by Staff writer | 17 February 2019 | 93 Views

Mnangagwa aware of Chamisa's renewed bid to relaunch violent protests

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 95 Views

Chamisa to bring everyone to Harare for a Mother of All Demonstrations

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 83 Views

NRZ slashes commuter train fares

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 82 Views

Selmor relives childhood in Tuku household

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 54 Views

Sex makes Zodwa Wabantu fat

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 93 Views

Bosso end pre-season training

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 75 Views

First private teachers' college opens doors

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 60 Views

'Mnangagwa invite a step in right direction'

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 67 Views

Zimta CEO earns around $10 000 before deductions?

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 67 Views

Haddon and Sly suspends workers

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 49 Views

Bulawayo water shedding worsens

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 52 Views

Bosso, Dembare face collapse

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 51 Views

Chamisa suspends official for challenging his leadership?

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 49 Views

Village head arrested for rape

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 38 Views

The paradox of Chete Chete! Emerging understandings in 2019

by Michael Mhlanga | 17 February 2019 | 84 Views

Mnangagwa speaks on Chiwenga's health

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 50 Views

RBZ not ready for Zimdollar return

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 54 Views

How cryptocurrencies can rescue Zimbabwe

by Masotsha Charles Matlobo | 17 February 2019 | 87 Views

Skyz Metro hit by resignations

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 45 Views

Solar energy is the future: Masiyiwa

by Staff reporter | 17 February 2019 | 49 Views