MASVINGO – Vice President Joice Mujuru has promised church leaders farms and houses if they ensure Zanu PF wins the forthcoming vote.
Mujuru told church and cooperatives leaders at the Civic Centre last week that her party would allocate farms to leaders of indigenous churches, saying they were left out during the land reform programme.
“We know that church leaders, who are important to the nation and our party, did not get land when others were given,” Mujuru said.
“So we want you to come and get it from us.
“We will give you land because you are just like everyone else who should benefit from our programmes since we also rely on you.”
She instructed Masvingo governor, Titus Maluleke, politiburo member Dzikamai Mavhaire and provincial administrator, Felix Chikovo to immediately allocate farms to the church leaders ahead of the polls.
“I instruct our party leaders here who form the Lands Committee, Maluleke, Mavhaire and Chikovo the PA to immediately see to it that the men of cloth get land,” she said.
Mujuru also promised church leaders houses.
“We have read so many stories of church leaders refusing to leave church houses when their mission to lead the people is over,” Mujuru said.
“This is because they do not have proper houses for their families as they spend most of their time preaching the word of God.
“Our party will see to it that they get nice houses for their families because it is because of them that President Robert Mugabe continues to rule this country.”
She urged housing co-operatives sympathetic to Zanu PF to give church leaders first preference in distribution of housing stands.
Mujuru later paraded Zanu PF candidates at the meeting and asked the people to vote for them and Mugabe.