ZANU PF takes control of all maize imports

via ZANU PF takes control of all maize imports | SW Radio Africa by Nomalanga Moyo on Tuesday, February 4, 2014

ZANU PF has seized total control of all grain coming into the country by barring private traders from importing staple cereals.

The move will worsen the situation for Zimbabweans who have been teetering on the verge of starvation since 2000, when ZANU PF embarked on its chaotic land reform programme.

Two years ago the unity government issued licences to private importers when it became clear that the state-owned Grain Marketing Board (GMB) was failing to feed the starving nation, with stocks at its silos falling below critical levels.

But that arrangement was last month reversed by ZANU PF Agriculture Minister Joseph Made, despite millions of Zimbabweans still facing starvation.

The milling industry says it requires at least 3,500 metric tonnes of maize daily to meet national demand, which the state-owned GMB has been failing to supply, raising fears of hunger and starvation.

“The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe is deeply saddened to note the Ministry of Agriculture has banned imports of grain but continues to issue massive import permits of maize meal to companies owned by senior politicians,” the group said in a letter to government, and quoted in aDaily News Tuesday report.

The millers say the decision to exclude them from the maize import sector was taken without prior notice and as a result they are concerned that traders who had already paid, but not taken delivery of maize, will lose.

The new GMB maize prices to millers will increase the retail price of a 10kg bag of maize-meal from $6.41 to $7.13, the millers group added.

Some observers have raised concern that restricting imports to the traditionally inept GMB will lead to shortages and create a black market for the staple grain.

“We knew that it was a matter of time before ZANU PF reverted to its default position,” MDC legislator and ex-minister Priscillah Misihairabwi-Mushonga said on Tuesday.

She said Zimbabweans should brace themselves for tough times ahead as the GMB will not manage to provide the country with adequate food.

“It is total madness to give the GMB a bigger responsibility when it was failing even with other players assisting. During the life of the inclusive government we had a lot of discussions about the incompetency at the GMB which was even failing to distribute grain that was in its silos.

“The government says it has no money for anything, so how will they ensure that the GMB imports sufficient grain for Zimbabweans,” the ex-Minister of Integration in the unity government said.

In a related development, the government has reportedly entered into a secret deal with South African company ASP to supply 150,000 metric tonnes of maize meal.

But so far, the SA firm has only managed to deliver 950 metric tonnes, according to the Daily News.

Under the shady deal both the Zim government and ASP will “keep confidential all information, whether oral or written concerning the business and affairs of the other,” the newspaper reported.

Humanitarian aid agency the World Food Programme says food insecurity in the country is at its highest since 2009, and estimates 2.2 million Zimbabweans need assistance.

The agency revealed in December that it was reducing rations to beneficiaries by half, in order to stretch out the food.

“We’ve had to cut rations for one million of our beneficiaries in recent months and there are likely to be deeper cuts as from next month (February),” the aid agency said in a statement.

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10 comments on “ZANU PF takes control of all maize imports
  1. Fallenz says:

    Time for the ZANUPF apologists to either speak up and explain how this helps those who hunger, or loudly condemn the action. We yield the podium to hear ZANUPF.
    waiting… waiting… waiting…………

  2. John Thomas says:

    If you too poor to pay taxes to Zimra you don’t have to worry. You can make your “liberators” rich by buying maize meal. And if you don’t like it you cannot even eat cake because they’ve got that covered too.

  3. DW says:

    Maybe Egypt will happen in Zim after all, these people are so greedy they don’t care they will soon lose their lives in a revolution.

    • Jack says:

      That will never, ever happen in Zimbabwe. All that will happen is more and more people will cross the Limpopo thus taking the pressure off ZANU.

  4. Patriot says:

    Fire Made once and for all

  5. Clive Sutherland says:

    Zanupf policy has always been to control food handouts and besides it only needs to import enough for it,s own supporters the other 6 million can starve – their words not mine!

    • Dead on right Clive only I don’t think they are worried about their own supporters either. It’s all about controlling the product and reaping the fruits of the control there of. In the past donors have even given Zanu pf the distribution control of products such as beans which found they way into the shops of corrupt individuals. That is why donor groups are reluctant to let just anyone handle their donations.

  6. Nyoni says:

    Zanu are true liberators of Zimbabwe? They have liberated the coffers of Zimbabwe. They have liberated the wealth of our country. And they have done so by stealth. As people we are blind and as one commentator said earlier Ian Smith is saying in his grave “i know my Africans”. Shame Zanu shame.

  7. Gwanyamwanya We Mahobo says:

    I assure you, fellow citizens, ignition point is very very close in our motherland. A conflagration is about to explode and swallow ZanuPF and Robert Mugabe, the Malawian!

    Watch. keep a careful watch!

  8. KJVBible student says:

    Well, a New World Order is coming so that’s why the situation in Zimbabwe is so bad. You see, the high ones on high have this planned out; Zimbabweans and many if not every other country will be so desperate that when the antichrist comes,the people will be so ready to accept him. The people will get the mark of the beast and get damned to Hell with no way out. Once they’ve got the mark, their eternity is sealed. The number of the beast is Six hundred threescore and six. Which is,666. (See “Revelation 13:18″ only in the King James Bible!)

    Is it any surprise that the one time which I’ve ever heard of when President Mugabe is allowed to go to Europe is when he visits Pope Francis?! They are both Jesuits, and Pope Francis is the leader of the MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH (See Revelation 17:5). The Roman Catholic church is MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, the KJB also says she has committed fornication with the kings of the earth (See Revelation 17:2).

    Pope Francis is the one who controls President Mugabe as Francis is a Jesuit like Mugabe and he is now the most powerful person on the earth, meaning he now controls all the kings of the earth.

    The situation in Zimbabwe is ALL planned. Zimbabwe needs to fall for the New World Order to happen and you can’t stop the NWO. God’s word says it’s coming so it’a coming.

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