Chinotimba clashes with MDC-T in Buhera South
BY TAWANDA MARWIZI
WAR veterans’ leader Joseph Chinotimba has clashed with the MDC-T over the
implementation of several developmental projects in Buhera South
Chinotimba, who narrowly lost the constituency to Naison Nemadziva in 2008
amid charges of spearheading a violent campaign, recently set up a maize
milling plant and is giving maize meal on credit to civil servants and
ordinary villagers. However, the MDC-T officials accuse him of hijacking the
project from the local MP.
Councillor for ward 24, Bodier Nendanga, also accused Chinotimba of
hijacking the construction of a bridge along the Nyarushanga River.
“He only took advantage of the fact that the contractors had ran out of
cement and he immediately took over,” Nendanga said. “The MP has no power to
stop him because he even bought some of the equipment that went missing.”
Nendanga also accused Chinotimba of taking over a government event where the
local district administrator was distributing maize to villagers in the
area. “He came to Mutiusinazita claiming to be the one who brought the
maize. We failed to stop him because most of the beneficiaries were Zanu PF
activists,” he said.
But Chinotimba denied the allegations producing receipts of three tons of
maize, which he said proved he bought the commodity from the Grain Marketing
Board Buhera Depot.
“They are lying,” said a fuming Chinotimba. “I have the receipts. If the
District Administrator distributed maize it was his own programme. I
distributed my own maize and everyone accessed it, including that councillor
who is also benefiting from my credit project.”
Chinotimba also produced a contract he purportedly signed with 10 local
builders to construct the bridge and another one he claimed he entered with
a Harare-based contractor, for hiring earth moving equipment, including four
graders to gravel the road for a month.
“My main aim is to upgrade the constituency, which has been regarded by many
as backward. To tell you the truth, I have been using money from my pocket
to implement these projects and these guys (MDC-T) just come and say they
are their projects,” he said.
Asked where he was getting the money to fund his project, Chinotimba was
reluctant to tell where he was getting the money saying he was just like a
father who brought food for his children. “Iwe kana baba vakabuda
kundokorokoza vodzoka vakabata chingwa ungavabvunza kuti machiwanepi here
kana kuti unongotambira. I get the money mandinofamba,” said an emotional
While his efforts are welcome, it was reported that when he lost in 2008 he
demanded some of his “donations” to the people, an allegation he denied.
Chinotimba known for losing elections
Chinotimba is an interesting character. He tried many times to get elected
into political office, abandoning one constituency after the other, but
losing all the time. His campaigns have however been dogged by reports of
Chinotimba contested in Harare’s Glen Norah and Budiriro constituencies but
lost and then tried his luck in Highfield where he dished out cheap shoes
without any success. In the 2008 harmonised elections, Chinotimba decided to
return to his roots and contested in Buhera South constituency where he lost
But it appears that this time around, Chinotimba, who reinvented himself as
a pious man, has decided to stick to Buhera South where he has continued to
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