Mutambara promises food in Matabeleland

BULAWAYO - Arthur Mutambara, leader of the pro-Senate faction of the MDC, addressed three rallies in Matabeleland at the weekend - at Cross Dete in Hwange East, Sibasa and Avoca Business Centre.
He was accompanied by his vice president, Gibson Sibanda, chairman, Jobert Mudzumwe, secretary gene

ral, Welshman Ncube, treasurer, Fletcher Dulini Ncube, deputy treasurer, Miriam Mushayi, women’s assembly chair, Hilda Sibanda, secretary for agriculture, Renson Gasela, secretary for disciplinary affairs, Lyson Mlambo, youth assembly chair, Ellen Shiriyedenga, and several others.
“Mutambara told cheering supporters that in spite of the fact that Matebeleland North was endowed with natural resources such as coal at Hwange, tin at Kamativi and tourism people in this region were not benefiting from these natural resources, and promised that his government would ensure that they would benefit from the natural resources,” said a party spokesman.
Villages at Sibasa complained that their harvested produce were being forcibly taken to the Grain Marketing Board under the Zanu (PF)-inspired “Operation Maguta” by the army, purportedly to compensate the government for the free seeds the villagers were given during the planting season. The villagers also complained that when they were given the seeds by the government, it was never made known to them that their produce, after harvesting, would be forcibly taken to the Grain Marketing Board by the army.
Mutambara promised his party would do all it could to ensure that the people of Insiza would not starve by sourcing food from its international partners. He said an MDC government would transform Zimbabwe into a superstar country in which people would not ‘starve or scavenge for food’.
Ncube told supporters that the split in the MDC had been ‘by certain individuals who sought to use violence against their colleagues and had deliberately violated the party constitution in order to safeguard their positions’.
At the same rally villagers complained that World Vision, an NGO providing food assistance in the area had been transformed into a Zanu (PF) party organ and was forcing people to respond to party slogans before they receive food handouts. A response from World Vision has been requested.- ED

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