Monday, September 04, 2006

Zanu PF steals RedCross ambulances

WITH the take over of the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society complete, Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu PF party has already started looting the organisation’s donated vehicles and assigned them to Mashonaland Central province where they are being used in politicalo campaigns for the up coming council elections, New can reveal.

Two vehicles, a Nissan Hardbody registration number 774-502 Z and a Toyota truck, registration number 565-463 H, have been withdrawn from regular Red Cross activities and assigned to Zanu PF officials.

The cars have been placed in the custody of a provincial Zanu PF official identified as Nyangani, who is also a businessman in Bindura.

The vehicles were recently handed over by Edmore Shamhu, the Red Cross president, and now form part of the fleet of Zanu PF vehicles in Mashonaland Central.

Three Suzuki motorbikes, also donated to Red Cross, have also been deployed to Mashonaland Central, Shamhu’s home area, where he has been promised a parliamentary seat for delivering the Red Cross to Zanu PF.

The registration numbers for the motorbikes are 608-683, 608-683 and 533-590.

The vehicles were part of a donation from one of the organisation’s international donors to develop water and sanitation facilities in rural areas. The Red Cross is mainly funded by the European Union, Denmark and the United Kingdom.

New revealed last week how Zanu PF had covertly muscled into the Red Cross, seizing control of one of the major international aid organisations seen as likely to play a central role in delivering food aid in coming months as the country graples with a severe food deficit.

The Red Cross is currently leading aid efforts at helping Aids orphans and people made destitute by a government blitz on unplanned dwellings which the United Nations says left 700 000 homeless.....

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