Mash Central hit by hunger

EDITOR — After voting resoundingly for Zanu PF, Mash Central residents are wondering if the ruling party can save them from hunger.

The three-year grain loan scheme provided under inclusive government and massive donor interventions vanished along with the inclusive government.

The level of hunger in areas under Dande region — Mount North, Rushinga, Muzarabani North and South, Mbire and surprisingly the once food basket of Zimbabwe, Guruve district have reached death levels.

These districts I mentioned have been stung by acute hunger though they were promised truck loads of maize during the election campaigns.

Mount North areas like Nyakatondo and Mukumbira have resorted to hunting in Mozambique and are feeding on meat, garden vegetables and fish but there is no maize from government as per promise but expensive grain going for $10 a bucket or a goat for one-and-half buckets of maize.

In Mbire, where people were promised maize by the winning Zanu PF candidates, some people have become thin as they cannot afford a meal.

People from Bwazi village are walking 26km to Arda farm in Chitsungo to look for manyanya, an underground root.

The Arda area which has a lot of this root was a graveyard during the liberation war but is being  destroyed because people are trying to find food.

Desperation is written all over as people cannot afford to buy the expensive mealie meal in shops since they do not have money as their cotton was bought cheaply by ruthless cotton companies.

People are asking why the government has stopped the grain loan scheme which is now taking only six households per kraal heads who may be having over hundred households.

During elections, thousands of tonnes of maize were said to be coming from Zambia — seven months down the line, nothing has come.

In a nutshell, please government quickly intervene.

Isaac Mupinyuri

Comments (5)

The only maize that government is going to get is from the U.S.A and it is always donated (Aid), year after year. It is time we started growing our own maize again!! instead of lambasting the USA adnauseum (the very people who keep our masses from starving). We used to grow enough maize to feed our entire nation plus extra to export. Embarrasingly those very farmers are still growing enough maize to feed Zimbabwe, except they are growing it in Zambia, and are prepared to export to Zimbabwe, but guess what? we do not have the money to pay for the maize - what a disgrace. Shame on us idiots

ronaldos - 11 December 2013

people of zimbabwe its high time you should open your eyes like a horse that has been removed blinkers. Since 1980 nothing good has been done by zanu pf, they come to you with false promises, and you just fall to their promises. Pliz, wake up and see the sun shining. Surely how can someone fall to such promises. It has been 133 days since the elections and you are alreay crying for food. Will you make it in the four years to come? Shame, Shame, Shame, Shame

tobias - 11 December 2013

Kunonzi kuzvisikira moto muziso. Vakuru vekare vaive ne njere. Tsumo dzavoka dzinowanzodudzirwa.

Maita Manyuka - 12 December 2013

The maize from Zambia is not from Sata but his farmers most who we chased away so these guys can only deal with Zimbabwe on cash basis. Unoziva nharo dzinoparira, apa tiri kungoita nharo vamwe pano unonzwa vachifara havo nekuti varikuguta but ukaona ane nzara and hopeless ndopaunoona kuti chidhoma chinonzi ZanuPf chidhoma zveshuwa, They would rather spent 3 million usd on a useless meeting rather than save dying people.

Maita Manyuka - 12 December 2013

POLITCIAN: munhu anokoka vanhu kuti vamuvhotere kana apinda chete wodya woga. ini handichasapoti munhu kunze kwe mhuri yangu

changamukai - 13 December 2013

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