ZANU PF has started distributing brand-new all-terrain vehicles to candidates who won in recent primary elections.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) divided the country into two hundred and ten constituencies for the purpose of electing Members of Parliament and this means ZANU PF will avail 210 new vehicles for its parliamentary candidates.
Addressing ZANU PF officials from Bulawayo Province at the party’s offices at Davies Hall on 16 April, Politburo member Molly Mpofu said:
Our candidates have been given cars so that they effectively penetrate the ground.
With the amount of work on the ground, they cannot run around without cars to enhance their mobility.
While these cars have been extended to candidates, they still remain party property.
The cars belong to His Excellency who is the head of ZANU PF.
Among candidates who received campaign vehicles in Bulawayo Province are Tavengwa Zidya (Nketa), Cecilia Verenga (Pelandaba-Tshabalala), Tendai Charuka (Bulawayo Central), Admire Masikati (Mpopoma-Mzilikazi), Linda Chinamano (Entumbane-Njube) and Nkosana Mkandla (Bulawayo North).
Currently, only ZANU PF and the MDC Alliance are getting funds from the Government under the Political Parties Finance Act.
The Political Parties Finance Act of 2001 provides for the financing of political parties by the State and prohibits foreign donations to political parties and candidates.
In March 2023, the Government gave ZANU PF $1 050 450 000, while the MDC Alliance received $449 550 000.
According to a report by the Center for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG), donations from extractive industries are an integral part of ZANU PF’s election funding architecture.
CNRG said that in many cases, these donations secure the donor access to resources at far less than their market value.
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