Begging spree

via Begging spree | The Zimbabwean 13 August 2014 by Jera

Mugabe then shocked the nation by producing, from his own reserves, 1,000 tonnes of maize, 30 head of cattle and copious amounts of milk to avert hunger at the congress. In recent months, food supplies have dwindled at Chingwizi camp. When the floods struck, the broke Zanu (PF) government went on a begging spree, requesting food, medicine, clothes and tents from the business and international community.

When Mugabe nonchalantly offered maize and 30 of his fattest cattle to Zanu (PF) youths, the nation was left wondering why the president had been sitting on such a stash of food when Chingwizi’s female residents were offering themselves to male custodians of the food supplies. Could it be that the people of Chingwizi do not matter because it is not an election year? Or perhaps it is because he needed the support of the youth in his plot to launch the political careers of Grace?

Since declaring the Tokwe-Mukosi flood a national disaster, Mugabe has not even glanced in the direction of Masvingo, let alone visited the area. And what was he saving up all that maize for – a nuclear holocaust? Meanwhile, as the president squirrels away 1000tonnes of grain, villagers in Matebeleland are still living on monthly rations from the World Food Program.

And then President Mugabe has the gumption to declare Zanu (PF) a ‘party for the people by the people.’ His statement begs the question, which people? Certainly not those of Chingwizi and definitely not the people waiting for WFP lorries in Matebeleland, amid Joseph Made’s claims of a ‘bumper harvest.’


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    Reverend 7 years ago

    Very hard to stomach, but the nature of the beast and beastess.

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    avenger/revenger 7 years ago

    Marie Antoinette said ” eat cake “. We know what happened to her !!!!!!!!

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    ttaps3 7 years ago

    It was difficult to miss the omission– nay a bag of maize to starving villagers– but a whole granary was offered to overfed youths. The economy is doing well– indeed it is doing well for the chosen few- no longer is their wealth measured in useless Zim dollars– they are now real millionaires. International millionaires to boot. It is the hieght of political stupidity to assume, that for those whom the economy is doing great- that they would want to change things right now when what they have is dandy. Corruption has been covered up, larger than life salaries have been protected. The storm has blown over.
    It is amazing that we keep going to China for more money to promote corruption– China is beheading its corrupt sons. Even in the Confucius sense, it will be highly confusing or uncofucius to behead your own and promote the same offense in your friend. It is confuciously confusing.

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    gonohori 7 years ago

    lets find out which party they voted for these guys in Chingwizi, and see who is not looking after his constituency.
    if they voted for Zanu then its their own problem, infact it will be an in house issue but if they voted for MDC, we cannot expect ZANU to care about them can we??

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    Ivor Payne 7 years ago

    Is a tonne not a 1000 kgs? So this report (with figures taken from the Herald) suggests that Mugabe gave a million kgs of maize to feed the youths. Even with youthful appetites this seems unlikely.