Food distribution under way

BY JOHAN MAKURA
GUTU - Food distribution under way
The Zanu (PF) government indefinitely suspended all food distribution activities by United Nations food agencies arguing that the country had enough food, and accusing them of channelling opposition propaganda to rural folk.
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rn, some 800 starving families were given mealie-meal and beans on Sunday a week ago valued at Z$12 million (about US$60 000) by Care International at Chatikobo communal lands, some 300 kilometres from Harare.
Other areas in Gutu to benefit from the food distribution included the late Vice President Simon Muzenda’s rural home area, Zvavahera.
“I am really happy that the government has finally admitted that it can not afford to feed millions of starving villagers on its own hence allowing the UN food agencies to restart its abandoned feeding scheme. The government had swallowed its pride and confronted the realities of life. Villagers do not eat propaganda, but they need food,” said Jaravazi Madondo of Chatikobo.
Care International Area Leader for Gutu District, Laina Matsikiti, could not be reached for comment as to whether the food provision would cover the entire Masvingo province. But the officer responsible for food distribution in the area confirmed that the agency would continue providing food to the starving villagers in the area. -CAJ News

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