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Bigwigs under probe over inputs scam

Topping the list is Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri who accessed 80 tonnes of fertiliser from the Grain Marketing Board depot in Shamva for use at his Inyika farm while the majority of small scale farmers failed to get even a single bag.

A list prepared by the Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development ministry on how inputs under the Agriculture Loan Scheme were distributed  revealed that Chihuri received 40 tonnes of Compound D fertiliser and 30 tonness of AN fertiliser before accessing an additional 10 tonnes of AN at a later stage.

Indigenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere accessed 24 tonnes for use at his Cornucopia Farm from the Concession depot, while Brigadier General Herbert Chingono got 21 tonnes, 12 of which were Compound D and nine tonnes of AN for use at Pentland Farm.

The list was handed to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Lands, Water, Irrigation and Resettlement chaired by Chikomba legislator Moses Jiri last week. The committee as well as cabinet is probing the matter. The investigation comes at a time when the country is facing a serious food deficit. Documents show details of how inputs were distributed between January 2 and March 14.

Mashonaland West governor Faber Chidarikire got 60 tonnes from the Banket depot. He received 30 tonnes of Compound D and an additional 30 tonnes of AN for use at his Kingstone Farm.

Former Mashonaland West governor and Zvimba West legislator Nelson Samkange got 41,5 tonnes of fertiliser for Rukaba Farm.

Chief magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe got 16 tonnes of compound D from Concession depot for his Georgia Farm while President Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao got 15 tonnes for his Diandra Farm.

Agriculture minister Joseph Made and Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Didymus Mutasa are among the ministers named in the inputs scam. — Staff Writer.

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