By A Correspondent- Former deputy finance minister and Zanu PF Harare East legislator Terence Mukupe hauled insults and obscenities to Community Water Alliance leader Hardlife Mudzingwa over his involvement in a bid to stop construction on Cleveland Wetland.
The controversial legislator who fronts a local property developer, Nakiso Holdings which is constructing a stadium close to the Cleveland Wetland lost his cool after learning that a group of civic society leaders including CWA national coordinator Hardlife Mudzingwa had visited the site.
The former deputy finance minister called Mudzingwa threatening him not to pursue halting the development on the wetland area or else he was going to sue him.
“Saka ndakukuudza this is my final warning to you, itai zvaurikuita kwauri kuita.Saka zvako zvekufunga kuti you I think I can be coward.
“Urikuita zvekubhadharwa, Don’t call me Honourable, I am not your friend.
“Ndirikutoshamisika kuti why Mafume (Jacob Mafume) has not written to you for those defamatory statements you issued,” charged Mukupe in a recorded phone call heard by this reporter.
The call also revealed that Mukupe is livid because he thinks he is being targeted because of his Zanu PF roots because at the same site there is a stand belonging to Harare East MP, MDC A vice president Tendai Biti.
“Property iri next door ndeyaTendai Biti.Handisikunzwa uchita noise about Tendai Biti.Sei musirikutaura nezvaTendai Biti,” added Mukupe.
The former deputy minister insulted Mudzingwa with unprintable words and threatened to shoot him if he is to set his foot again on the construction site.
In 2018 , the former deputy minister Terence Mukupe assaulted NewsDay journalist, Blessed Mhlanga who lost his phone during the fracas at a local radio station where they had gone for a radio interview.
Despite the threats, the Community Water Alliance leader Hardlife Mudzingwa has vowed to ensure due process was followed in awarding Nakiso Holdings the permission to construct.
“I will remain focused on wetlands preservation and will not stop to ensure that the construction is within the legal framework,” vowed Mudzingwa.
There has been an outcry by civic society organisations under the banner of Harare Wetlands Trust on the continued wetlands invasion which has worsened the water crisis currently bedeviling the city. The organisations believe that they should be a robust wetlands management which will help in water recharge and cut costs on water treatment.