PRESIDENT REASSURES NATION . . .No one will be denied food


President Mugabe enjoys a lighter moment while addressing Zanu-PF supporters at Chipadze Stadium in Bindura yesterday. — (Picture by Believe Nyakudjara)

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there will be no discrimination in the distribution of food imported by Government to feed people and those caught influencing food distribution on partisan lines will be dealt with in terms of the law, President Mugabe has said. He assured the nation that no one would die of hunger in this country. Speaking as he officially opened the Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University here yesterday, President Mugabe said the El Nino-induced drought was affecting every Zimbabwean and no one should be left out when it comes to food aid.

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“We got the same feeling, needs and demands and so even as we struggle against each other politically, the hunger that we feel within our own party is the same hunger being felt in the MDC,” President Mugabe said.

“We are Zimbabweans whether we are working in mines, farms or companies. We can never rub off the fact of our being Zimbabwean, the fact of being human beings. That is what Christianity teaches us.

“Whether we find ourselves in the party or any association, we are all the same, bound together as one family of Zimbabweans.” He added: “As food is being distributed, it is being distributed to people as a whole to save them. We might differ on policies but when we talk of food, all of us should be served. It does not matter which church or party one belongs to.”

Government was distributing grain to all the provinces but reports were that some officials were distributing the food on a partisan basis. About four million people are in need of food aid and Government has about 91 000 tonnes, enough to cover the next three months.

Government is also working on plans to import more grain and has also given licences to private players to assist. President Mugabe underscored his remarks on fairness in food distribution while addressing thousands of Zanu-PF supporters who had gathered at Chipadze Stadium for a rally.

“The food is there and what is slowing distribution is the challenge we are facing in transportation,” he said. “People tend to compete for what would have come, but I am glad we haven’t heard of any deaths and we don’t want anyone to die. I have been told that food distribution is being done properly, nicely and there are places that need more and we will ensure that is done.

“If you have surplus and know that there are other areas that need food, please assist each other and Government will be in the process of bringing more.”

To alleviate the transport problems, the District Development Fund has adopted a “hit and run” concept and has 10 trucks going around the country moving food from Grain Marketing Board depots to the people.

Government has also re-introduced its public works programmes, popularly known as food-for-work to ensure those who are not labour constrained work for the grain.

He said Government officials would move around the country assessing how people are using the agricultural equipment secured from Brazil. The equipment, President Mugabe said, was the panacea to the drought challenges being experienced as people can use it to irrigate their crops throughout the year.

Zimbabwe has a lot of water bodies that are not being utilised.

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  • Tiriparwendo

    ZANU PF has an interesting ideology. The drought is actually a blessing to them, its an opportunity to control the masses through food aid. They would want all food aid to be done through partisan government officials. That’s why WFP always find it difficult to feed the starving Zimbabweans. Government has deliberately created poverty and want to control the people since independence. They have made it impossible for a middle class person to buy a brand new car or own a house in medium – low density areas. The words by the President is a reaction to criticism and not a policy. Funny he talks of Christianity in his speech. This country was sold to the devil in 1980 and he is roasting us without relief

    • Bert

      Sadly true.

    • SimonPetere

      Taura hako…this is exactly where we are. Poor poorer and poorest

  • Gary WekuZviyambe

    The First Lady has been dishing out government-sourced agricultural equipment to ZANU-PF supporters only. Now you will have us believe that food will not be distributed in the same manner?

  • sambiri

    As was predicted same speech everywhere. Same speech same Mugabe! Tsuro magen’a.

  • James Wekwa Bhora

    People are fed like children and treated like helpless kindergartens , Why not create a conducive environment for food production , implement proper farming methods and industrial spirit ,bring back the old tough Boers (farmers) to help in this helpless and degrading situation .

  • Mohummed

    mugabe has been saying the same statement since 2000 and the MDC folks can testify, zanu is corrupt and don trust any words that comes out of its mouth