Zanu PF bigwigs have grabbed all the heifers meant for distribution to Buhera villagers who had to leave empty handed after waiting all day for the beasts on August 9.

The 64 villagers were invited by the District Veterinary Officer, Dr Samson Chiduku to collect heifers allocated to them under the National Presidential Heifer Pass on Scheme.

The Masvingo Mirror reports that Buhera West MP, Saul Nzuma told the villagers to go home as the distribution date had been changed. But they were shocked to learn that the heifers had been grabbed by Zanu PF top officials.

Dr Chiduku confirmed that the original list of beneficiaries compiled by Agritex, Vet Department and traditional leaders was altered by after it was described as lacking transparency.

The Provincial Veterinary Officer Dr Charles Guri told The Mirror that the right people to comment on the matter are those who changed the list.

“I cannot comment on that issue, the owners of the programme are the ones who can comment on why the list of beneficiaries was changed. Our department’s job was to see that distribution was done properly,” said Dr Guri.

 Three days after the distribution of heifers, Zanu PF national chairperson and Defence Minister, Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri and the Minister of State for Manicaland, Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba commissioned a Gazebo built by Nzuma and the latter thanked the ministers for the heifer scheme and added that the distribution was done fairly and farmers were happy.

“Farmers are happy, the distribution was done fairly and no one is complaining,” said Nzuma.