Mnangagwa, Chiwenga plead for MP Sacco after he's jeered in Chimanimani

Mnangagwa, Chiwenga plead for MP Sacco after he's jeered in Chimanimani
Published: 20 March 2019 (343 Views)
President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga were both forced to defend a Zanu-PF MP as they toured areas ravaged by Cyclone Idai on Wednesday.

Joshua Kurt Sacco, who won with a huge majority in elections last July to represent Chimanimani East, stood crestfallen after villagers, some of whom lost everything in the cyclone disaster, jeered when Chiwenga mentioned his name in Ngangu, a high density suburb of Chimanimani.

Chiwenga was praising Sacco's efforts to raise the alarm about the devastation in the district when the crowd jeered. The Vice President had a torrid time getting the crowd to appreciate his point, and had to repeatedly ask them "please be quiet" and "please listen".

"For the police and the soldiers to get to you," Chiwenga said referring to impassable roads and destroyed bridges which delayed rescue efforts, "we were working with Sacco. He's the one who woke us up on Saturday to tell us of the tragedy that had occurred here."

Chiwenga also credited Sacco's local knowledge for navigating backroads in order to reach Ngangu after the main highway was cut off with several bridges swept away.

Sacco won Chimanimani East with 16,492 votes, defeating the MDC's Maxwell Mdhluri who polled 3,034 votes. But locals appeared intensely unhappy with him, and this appeared to surprise Mnangagwa and Chiwenga.

"This one that you say you don't like, I like him," Mnangagwa said, tapping Sacco on the shoulder. "That's your problem (that you dislike him) because I as the ruler of this country, who rules over you, I like him."

Mnangagwa said Sacco had kept them fully briefed about the developing disaster, and his information had been critical in mobilising aid.

The military said on Monday that it expects that when the final death toll is determined, upwards of 500 people would be dead or missing presumed dead.

Flood waters which destroyed homes in Manicaland had swept some locals who had taken shelter inside their homes, sometimes whole families, up to the rivers and onward to Mozambique, Mnangagwa said.

"We will bring them home," Mnangagwa pledged.

Mnangagwa also warned against corruption in the distribution of food and other material donor aid, warning that there would be "special punishment" for anyone found stealing.

- ZimLive

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Prophet Makandiwa mansion raises eyebrows

by Staff Reporter | 22 July 2019 | 155 Views

Exposed Ramaphosa reacts to Public Protector's report

by Staff Reporter | 22 July 2019 | 75 Views

UCE graduation ceremony

by Dr. A. Luthuli | 22 July 2019 | 59 Views

ZERA looking to remote fuel monitoring system

by Staff reporter | 22 July 2019 | 61 Views

The corruption commission

by Clemen Moyo | 22 July 2019 | 73 Views

Government speaks on Auxilia Mnangagwa - Army fallout

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 July 2019 | 227 Views

Chinamasa's world up in flames

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 July 2019 | 200 Views

Teachers to shutdown schools on Monday

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 July 2019 | 174 Views

Zimbabwe govt licenses companies for riverbank mining

by Staff Reporter | 21 July 2019 | 105 Views

ZCTU proceeds with demo preps

by newzimbabwe | 21 July 2019 | 160 Views

Mnangagwa pledges support for women's projects

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 93 Views

Mthuli Ncube needs to work his magic on inflation

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 122 Views

'The electorate believes in Zanu-PF'

by STaff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 101 Views

Mnangagwa gets Sadc boost

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 115 Views

Power shortage hits mobile phone services

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 82 Views

City fathers or city dealers at council chambers?

by Limukani Ncube | 21 July 2019 | 92 Views

Bulawayo residents call for dissolution of council

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 88 Views

Nust bursar suspended

by Staff reportet | 21 July 2019 | 91 Views

Mid-air scare for fastjet passengers

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 96 Views

Exploring the causes of Gukurahundi

by Dr Obert Mpofu | 21 July 2019 | 116 Views

Lobels shut down Bulawayo plant again

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 109 Views

Harare demands 30-year-old debt from Zesa

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 78 Views

Kalanga lobby group to produce textbooks

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 75 Views

Govt moves to tackle gold leakages

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 69 Views

Mthuli Ncube to rescue closed mines

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 86 Views

Zimbabwe reels as 18-hr power cuts

by Staff rpeorter | 21 July 2019 | 123 Views

Kirsty Coventry denies interference

by AFP | 21 July 2019 | 62 Views

Zimbabwe removes barriers to solar energy expansion

by Thompson Reuters Foundation | 21 July 2019 | 112 Views

Zimbabwe food crisis an emergency, says UN

by VOA/ UN News | 21 July 2019 | 58 Views

Can Bosso's Prince rise again?

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 37 Views

CIO operative harasses journalists

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 39 Views

Save Bulawayo from vultures

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 72 Views

The pig in Mthuli Ncube's bacon

by Zifiso Masiye | 21 July 2019 | 101 Views

Mnangagwa ally faces probe in $3bn scandal

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 53 Views

Power outage cripples Econet services

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 57 Views

Lobengula descendants demand State House

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 51 Views

Zanu-PF vote-buying scandal raises alarm

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 68 Views