Threatens To Interfere In Relief Food Distribution

Secretary for External Affairs in the youth league, Joshua Sako, is said to have said this at a Chimanimani rural district council meeting.

Some Movement of Democratic Change (MDC) members belonging to the faction led Morgan Tsvangirai, stormed out, of the meeting, in protest.

According to MDC councillors who attended the meeting, Sako who was accompanied by two Zanu (PF) youths, was given the platform to address the councillors by Elijah Mugebe, a Zanu (PF) councilor for Chikwizi ward.

“We were in the middle of council proceedings when Sako stormed our meeting. Immediately after Sako’s arrival in the council chambers, Mugebe who was chairing the meeting gave Sako the platform to address us. We tried to protest but Mugebe gave him the go ahead” said Petros Zvikomborero, an MDC councillor.

“We were really shocked to hear such a directive from Sako. Who is Sako anyway to tell us about aid distribution? He is not even a government official,” said another MDC councillor.

During the address which lasted for ten minutes after some MDC councillors, walked out of the meeting in protest, Sako also accused some relief organisations operating in the area of campaigning for the MDC.

Some of the aid organisations operating in the area are Kellogg Foundation, Christian Care, Save the Children, MSF and Tsuro dzeChimanimani.

Sako, who composed several songs supporting Zanu (PF)’ chaotic and violent land seizures in 2002, is aspiring to be the Zanu (PF) Member of Parliament for the area in the next parliamentary elections.

He has clashed several times with Samuel Undenge, the incumbent Zanu (PF) MP.

Since the beginning of this year Sako has held several meetings in the area where Undenge has been publicly denounced.

An official of Save the Children, who spoke to Radio VOP strictly on condition of anonymity, said his organisation will pull out of the area if the directive is enforced.

“We will be definitely pull out if politicians are allowed to interfere with our operations. We have our own strict and open way of identifying beneficiaries of aid and we will not succumb to politicians‘s wishful orders,” he said.