SEVERAL Zanu PF “Young Turks” who were left in the cold ahead of the party’s forthcoming primary elections spent millions of dollars campaigning for seats
that they will not now be able to contest.
The Zimbabwe Independent this week established that millions of dollars used by the young politicians to win support had been wasted as they will not feature in the party primaries scheduled for next week.
The majority of Zanu PF “Young Turks” were barred from contesting in the party’s primary elections after attending the ill-fated Tsholotsho indaba, while a sizeable number failed to meet the party’s stringent new conditions.
Party sources told the Independent that most of the Young Turks spent over $100 million each campaigning in their respective areas.
The sources said one Masvingo mogul who was barred from contesting in the province for allegedly attending the ill-fated Tsholotsho meeting spent close to half a billion in “development projects”.
“The politician and businessman poured in over $500 million in projects in Masvingo but has now been stopped from contesting and his removal from the constituency has given his opponents who put in nothing in campaign money the advantage,” said a source.
However, the biggest loser is President Mugabe’s spin doctor, Jonathan Moyo, who pumped well over $1 billion in campaign funds into Tsholotsho.
Moyo’s fame in Tsholotsho began in late 2002 when he started making computer donations to schools in the district and followed that up with donations worth millions of dollars to district hospitals.
He moved a gear up by personally sponsoring a $50 million annual football tournament while at the same time he started numerous projects in the district that included bursaries for school children and market-gardening projects, among others.
Eddison Zvogbo Jnr, son of the late maverick veteran politician, also spent millions of dollars in Masvingo Central but was overlooked by the provincial co-ordinating committee who ordered that he should apply to the Zanu PF national elections directorate to be considered
Businessman and property developer, Jonathan Gapare, was left out of Chivi South after he spent over $300 million in development projects in the area over the last three years.
Contacted to comment on his being left out by the party Gapare said he was not bitter but will still continue supporting development issues in the constituency.
“I have appealed to the National Elections Directorate but the issue that we were vote-buying is not true because I have been developing Chivi South for the last three years.