ZANU (PF)’s aspiring legislator for Mabvuku/ Tafara, Goodwills Masimirembwa, has torched a storm in the area where residents are accusing him of using threats and bullying tactics to garner for support.
Masimirembwa, who has been slowly gaining ground since the death of the area’s former legislator Shepherd Madamombe, has of late been making several donations in an effort to lure restive voters who have been voting for MDC since 2000.
He has established the Goodwills Masimirembwa Foundation which he says is meant to assist the poor and help to develop Mabvuku and Tafara suburbs.
However, some Mabvuku residents have come guns blazing against Masimirembwa whom they accuse of hijacking all development projects in the area as well as using intimidation and threats against those believed to be his political opponents.
According to residents pressure group, Harare Residents Trust (HRT) Masimirembwa last week threatened beneficiaries of blankets that were donated to the elderly by cement manufacturer, Lafarge Cement.
‘We are concerned by the behavior of Mr Goodwills Masimirembwa who is reportedly threatening the elderly who received blankets from Lafarge Cement, claiming the cement manufacturing company is an MDC company. We have information to the effect that he made the threats at Red Bulls Shops in Mabvuku where he vowed to takeover all the donated blankets. If he wants to become an MP in the area, he must stop abusing residents because he will end up without followers and the HRT urges residents to remain peaceful and shun violent thugs,’ said HRT in a statement.
Efforts to get a comment from Masimirembwa were fruitless but he has been quoted in the media claiming his programmes are meant to assist the poor and that he does not believe in the use of violence and intimidation to get votes.
Last Updated ( Friday, 31 August 2012 11:01 )