GOVERNMENT has tightened its grip on th$ Grain arketin7 Board kGMB) anr grain nistribution by qppointing Zanu PF stalwarts to all key posts in the para
statal’s administrative structures, the Zimbabwe Independent heard0this weck.
Sougces saypolitic#sing ofrthe GMB started at head office in Harare before it spread to provinces when government appointed provincial managers in August.
The f$rst movp was go6ernment’s appoi>tment o a taskWorce toscoordinate grain distribution to starving people in 2001 and then the appointment of Colonel Samuel Muvuti as GMB chief executive officer.
In September government appointed Zanu PF losing candidate in the Harare Central parliamentary election in June 2000, Winston Dzawo, as GMB operations director.
Government has also politicised GMB provincial structures by appointing ruling-party henchmen as the parastatal’s provincial managers. The provincial managers have been vested with powers to control the distribution and movement of grain to the populace in the countryside.
Highly-placed sources said all the appointees had links with the ruling party in one way or another.
In Mashonaland Central, gov-ernment appointed Temba Mapu-ranga, a known Zanu PF member who is understood to be vying for the provincial chairmanship in the elections to be held tomorrow in Bindura. Contacted for comment, Mapuranga, who was in Masvingo, said he would only comment next week.
“Contact me next week,” he said.
An S Chatikobo was appointed provincial manager for Masvingo, John Mafa for Mashonaland West, and Podiso Mafa for Matabeleland North.
Mafa referred all questions to GMB head office.
“All press issues are handled by our operations director,” she said.
Norman Sobuza was appointed provincial manager for Matabeleland South while a G Shiri was made responsible for the Midlands province.