Made is lying: Mliswa

HARARE - Temba Mliswa, Zanu PF legislator for Hurungwe West, has accused Agriculture minister Joseph Made of lying that Zimbabwe will havea bumper harvest this year.

Mliswa believes Made’s predictions are a fantasy and could result in hunger for a very large number of innocent Zimbabweans.

The feisty lawmaker, who is also Zanu PF Mashonaland West chairperson, challenged Made during ministers’ question time last Thursday to come out clear and state were he got the idea that the country was expecting a good crop.

“I have read press reports where the minister is quoted talking of a bumper harvest,” Mliswa said.

“In Mashonaland West we got seed for 90 000 hectares, fertiliser for 10 000 hectares and AN (Ammonium Nitrate) fertiliser for 20 000 hectares and A2 model farmers did not get any support from government. So how can Made talk of a bumper harvest? Minister vari kunyepa (is lying).”

Mliswa received support from most of the lawmakers in the National Assembly as the debate shifted to the food situation in the country

Some MPs demanded  to know the grain situation and whether the country’s silos had adequate holding space in the event that there was bumper grain.

Others demanded that Made, who was absent in Parliament, clarify his statement.

Paddy Zhanda, deputy Agriculture minister, who was  representing Made, said it was  difficult  to announce whether the country was facing a bumper harvest or not.

He said that pronouncement can only be made after a  second crop assessment.

Zhanda said he was not aware of the statement attributed to Made.

“I have not read the newspaper that Hon Mliswa is referring to, and I advise him not to rely on press articles,” Zhanda said.

“We need to do another crop assessment to ascertain whether we are heading for a bumper harvest. What we know is that we need 2,3 million tonnes of maize to feed the nation.”

He said the true position whether the country will have a bumper harvest or not will only be known next month.

President Robert Mugabe’s often violent seizure of thousands of white-owned farms for redistribution to black Zimbabweans, coupled with erratic rains, has crippled the country’s agriculture-based economy.

The WFP is currently feeding over  two million Zimbabweans a month, and Britain, Zimbabwe’s former colonial ruler, is the second largest contributor to WFP feeding programmes in the country after the US.


Comments (5)

Mliswa has been accurate and spot on these days. Remember he was also accurate on collusion of board members and CEOs of paraststals. This is needed to wake up people like Made who are always asleep or drunk.

Edzai - 24 March 2014

Well done MP can u team up with Chinotimba and kick him up next time he wont lie

Sigas - 24 March 2014

Comment on Bumper Harvest 18/03/14 There is no bumper harvest veduwe. Take a drive or walk across the farm land in Zim muzvionerewo. Lots land is lying idle and vakarima vacho vane ndima diki. Made has lied and am sorry kuti Zimpapers stable is helping to spread the lies too. Lets us wait and hear what he will say in 2/3 months, "Nyika haina chibage because of drought & sanctions". The Zimpapers articles were there to hoodwinks us into believing that Mugabe is generous by giving farmers ka10kg kembeu nebag rimwe reD fertilizer. Remember it is tax payers monies being abused by Mugabe and his office because of patronage pluz it is not audited by the auditor general. CRY the Beloved Zimbos!!! ARDA which used to produce maize and other crops in the1980/90s has gone down due to political meddling and abuse of equipment and resources by Zanu Pufuu-uu members especial Made, Mugabe, Msika, Chnamano nana Mushowe. Vaitora matractors nezvimwe uye kurimirwa neArda vasingabhadhare. Most of the managers at Mugabe's farms were pulled out of Arda by Made achisiya Arda yawira pasi. He still abuses Ardayo upto today iyo yagwadama. Basil Nyabadza, the Arda Chairman has worsened things at the company. He failed to run his Reapers company so Arda ozoigona. KoiyoCorruption zvayo, It is worse off mumaboards. There is no news at at all, as it is not the first time ministers have lied to the nation since 1980. Even Mugabe lieswo without verifying facts on ground. Hapana supervisors for the ministers, Mugabe is too old for that. So nyika is decaying takatarira. Damn

Tawa Zaru - 24 March 2014

Basil Nyabadza wants everything for free including gvt moneys. He will tell you he has 100 tonnes of beens when he only has a 50kg bag and he wins some contracts which he never honours. ARDA was a vehicle to boost food reserves in the country but it has been reduced to fund sourcing agent, when they need to loot they use the name ARDA. Look at this farm by Odzi how it has been turned into a brothel when it used to produce and employ hundreds of Mutare residents where is it now. Anything touched by ZanuPF goes down.

Maita Manyuka - 25 March 2014

Wow, I always thought Mliswa was an airhead. I really have no idea why I thought so, must the media but alas, how wrong I was. Go on good Sir, we are rallying behind you.

The Chief - 25 March 2014

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