Mugabe urged to intervene in food aid politicisation

via Mugabe urged to intervene in food aid politicisation October 30, 2013 NewsDay

OPPOSITION political parties yesterday urged President Robert Mugabe to intervene and stop his Zanu PF officials from politicising food aid.

MDC-T national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa told NewsDay that members of his party, mostly those based in rural areas, had been denied government food aid because of their political affiliation.

“The reports are just painfully overwhelming. This morning alone (yesterday) I received calls from Gokwe, Mutoko, Hurungwe, Murewa and other areas from people complaining of Zanu PF actions of politicising food aid,” Chamisa said.

“It’s inhuman, they are behaving like the Al-Shabaab or Boko Haram (a Nigerian Islamic terrorist organisation that has targeted Christians and killed thousands) and we want that to stop. If that is their way of campaigning, it is a wrong strategy because they are starving people. We will make sure the issue is addressed and all people benefit. If they are going to starve people, they are not fit to govern this country. You and I are paying tax and our tax is used to buy food which should be given to all the people.”

National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) spokesperson Blessing Vava said his party also received reports of partisan distribution of food handouts by top Zanu PF officials in rural areas where an estimated 2,2 million people were said to be urgently in need of food aid.

“The NCA is gravely disappointed by reports of Zanu PF’s partisan distribution of food aid. The fact that they are now the government means that it is their full responsibility to feed, to provide aid to those facing starvation and not those who are in Zanu PF alone. Food aid must be distributed equitably, and there must be a transparent process to make sure that those in need benefit,” Vava said.

“It’s not a party, but government programme. It’s quite disturbing to hear reports of chaos and partisanship distribution in some parts of the country.”

In a separate interview, MDC deputy national spokesperson Kurauone Chihwai said the Zanu PF stance was a reflection of the party’s greed and hostility towards opposing voices.

“That’s Zanu PF by nature. People know that, but these are things bought by the State using the taxpayer’s money and they should not abuse that for anything,” he said.

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo dismissed the allegations as untrue.

“That’s nonsense. The President is not only President for Zanu PF. He is everyone’s President and he said food is for everyone,” Gumbo said.



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    Zvapasipano 9 years ago

    Zanu people vanorova imbwa vakaviga mupini. In public they give very good speeches and sound nice the opposite of who truly they are . Vanovavira musati semhiripiri. Kunaka kunze.

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    Zvapasipano rakava zita rako,vanokanganwa kuti izvi ndezvepasipano panopesana nyama nemweya vamwe vachabvarurwa bvarurwa, vachadhogodha.

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    William Doctor 9 years ago

    Food aid? I thought the ‘agrarian revolution’ was a success?

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    Mapingu 9 years ago

    One can only wish Mr Chamisa the best in his quest to stop the politicization of food. However, while I have always condemned such barbaric acts by ZANU I’m simply baffled by Chamisa’s assertiveness, if not grandstanding: “We will make sure the issue is addressed and all people benefit. If they are …..” Sure, sure, sure Mr Chimisa; – but since when has the MDC mastered the balls to stop ZANU from doing as they always do? These things used to happen even during tour short-lived stunt in Govnt – worse still even wanton arrest & torture of the MDC leadership plus rank 7 file. One would logically believe you were much better placed to tackle such evil things head-on back then. Now, this is just substituted football player who still entertain the fantasy of scoring a goal in the very same match s/he has been retired. How practical is that Mr Chamisa? Let me repeat, I’m not saying ZANU is right – rather I’m simply challenging Chamisa’s assertive statement. Plse, get me right.

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    momos 9 years ago

    very right Chamisa there is absolutely no justification for starving some Zimbabweans for thinking differently from ZANU-PF. All Zimbabweans are faithful tax payers and should be treated fairly regardless of their beliefs in different leaders