MDC supporters denied food aid
By Godfrey Mtimba
MASVINGO – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party in Masvingo has
accused their Zanu PF counterparts of hijacking the distribution of food aid
by humanitarian organisations in the province.
The MDC said Zanu PF denies their members access to food relief in the
province which is perennially hit by droughts.
MDC Provincial spokesperson, Harrison Mudzuri said he has received reports
from most districts of the province that their supporters and villagers
suspected to be MDC sympathisers were being sidelined in the distribution of
free food aid form Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
“We have been receiving disturbing reports from the rural parts of the
province that our supporters are being denied food aid by Zanu PF officials
who have since high-jacked the distribution of food aid from NGO’s at a time
when most rural folks are facing starvation due to food insecurity,” said
The MDC official alleges that Zanu PF is using its councillors and
traditional leaders to sideline villagers in food lists that are used when
distributing food in districts like Gutu, Bikita, Chiredzi, Zaka, Chivi and
Mwenezi that were hard hit by drought after receiving low rainfall during
the last agricultural season.
The MDC says it is planning to take up the issue with the GPA principals.
“We are disturbed, worried and concerned that Zanu PF is still using its old
tactics of punishing our supporters by denying them access to food aid,”
But Zanu PF dismissed the allegations instead accusing MDC of receiving
preferential treatment from the aid organisations.
“How can that happen, everybody knows that NGO’s are foot soldiers of the
British, Americans and other western countries that are fighting our party.
“The organisations you are talking about are actually here to help MDC
campaign using food aid and how then can we be accused of denying their
supporters food. It is actually them who are distributing food to their
supporters shunning ours together with their NGO friends,” said Zanu PF
provincial chairman, Lovemore Matuke.
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