MP’s Fundraising Tactics Spark Outrage Ahead of Rally

Allegations of Coerced Donations Rattle Manicaland

by Victor Adetimilehin

In a stunning revelation, Nyasha Marange, ZANU PF’s representative for Mutare West, has come under fire for allegedly soliciting and receiving a large sum of donations from local businesses. These actions were purportedly in preparation for a presidential rally, which was subsequently cancelled. The controversy has raised significant ethical and political concerns, casting a shadow over the upcoming political event in Manicaland.

Ethical Concerns Over Political Donations

Sources have disclosed that Marange managed to collect upwards of US$50,000 after announcing a rally that was supposed to be graced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa as the guest of honor. However, the event, initially intended as a provincial thank you gesture, was abruptly called off. It was to take place in Marange’s constituency at St. Noah College in Bocha.

Allegedly using his dual role as a spokesperson for the Johane Marange Apostolic Church, Marange is accused of leveraging his religious influence to pressure businesses into contributing to the rally. Reports suggest that he misrepresented the nature of the event, portraying it as a personal commendation from President Mnangagwa rather than a broader provincial celebration.

Rally Cancellation and Public Backlash

The rally’s cancellation has sparked a wave of criticism and scrutiny, especially given Marange’s method of securing funds. Critics argue that such actions not only misuse political and religious influence but also potentially damage the reputation of the Johane Marange Apostolic Church. A church member expressed disappointment, stating that Marange’s actions do not reflect the church’s doctrines, emphasizing that the high priest was unaware of these fundraising efforts.

Attempts to reach Marange for comment were unsuccessful, as his phone remained unreachable, further fueling speculations and concerns about the transparency and ethics of his fundraising activities.

Hope for Transparency and Accountability

The controversy surrounding Nyasha Marange’s fundraising efforts highlights the need for greater transparency and accountability in political and religious circles. It underscores the importance of ethical conduct by public officials and religious leaders alike, ensuring that their actions align with the values and expectations of their communities.

As Manicaland and the broader Zimbabwean community grapple with these revelations, there is a growing call for clear guidelines on political fundraising and the use of religious platforms in politics. This incident may serve as a catalyst for positive change, fostering a political landscape where integrity and accountability take precedence over personal gain.

Source: New Zimbabwe

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