Farming inputs: the ugly facts

via Farming inputs: the ugly facts | The Zimbabwean 05.11.13 by Editor

With the main farming season here, the cumbersome issue of inputs to communal and smallholder farmers is once again haunting Zimbabwe. The partisan distribution of seed has taken centre stage, with increasing reports from all over the country that communal farmers are being segregated along political lines in the distribution of free inputs, with known and perceived members who campaigned or voted for the opposition being side-lined.

While this is not a new trend, considering that year in and year out certain categories of citizens are excluded from inputs hand-outs and food aid, we remain perturbed by Zanu (PF)’s retributive tendencies. Of particular concern to us is that the hand-outs come courtesy of the taxpayer, and not from Zanu (PF) as a private institution.

Worse still, it is vulnerable rural communities, where people were courageous enough to choose to exercise their democratic and legal right to vote for political candidates of their choice who are being victimised.

While the Zanu (PF) national spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo, recently distanced the party leadership from the exclusion of its political “enemies” from the on-going distribution of inputs, we find this incredible. If anything, the whole party’s leadership, right from its First Secretary, Robert Mugabe, must be blamed for the politicisation of the farming inputs.

We are solidly convinced that there is nothing that can happen at the Zanu (PF) grassroots structures without the top leadership quickly getting wind of it, especially in cases where whatever takes place is widely reported by the media. We also know that the leadership in that party has the capacity to speedily halt anything taking place in its structures on the ground.

The fact that, for weeks now, reports about the partisan distribution of the inputs have been widely publicised yet nothing is happening to stop it, means that President Mugabe and his top lieutenants are aware of it, and in fact colluding with those implementing it, as a way of punishing supporters especially of MDC.

After all, what does the president expect his lower ranks to do when he was the one who, some months back, led the chorus against the opposition by threatening Harare and Bulawayo with exclusion from national processes as punishment for voting for MDC on July 31? He has not publicly come out to reverse his statement and that could be why his followers are acting in this unacceptable manner.



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    Nyoni 10 years ago

    Mugabes Zimbabwe

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    Right, THAT’S the ugly fact!

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    munzwa 10 years ago

    care to mention these facts in London Mzembi?

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    Shebah 10 years ago

    By the way Mr reporter how many rural people voted for the opposition. They say if you are a weak link, can not feed for yourself, can not be fed by MDCt, why bite the hand that promises to feed you. And going to people like you to complain – will that put food on this hungry pathetic soul. Talk to the food provider nicely and you get food.

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    munzwa 10 years ago

    Shebah, its called extortion, what should we do about it?

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      Fallenz 10 years ago

      Maybe Shebah should consider her own advice the next time it writes about how horrible the West is, eh..?

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    Bhola 10 years ago

    I dont see any facts in this article. I am troubled by the decline in our journalistic standards. You are prepared to call anything “FACT” if it supports an anti-ZPF agenda. There are no facts here…. at all… Its all heresay… “Oh, in this province we heard that this is happening…” Have you ever been to any of the provinces when these things are being handed out? Have you ever heard anyone being excluded because they were thought to be an MDC supporter?

    It is very bad journalism and this should stop. I dont know what personal mileage you get from publishing such negative articles about Zim, but you are doing more harm than good.