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Zimbabwe Grain Millers on Defensive; Profiteering Alleged

Some grain millers in Zimbabwe have gone underground to escape police arrest amid a government furor over the extreme shortage of bread and maize meal, both staples.

Government claims that millers are hoarding maize and wheat grain, causing the food shortages, have led some millers to shut their plants, worsening the situation.

Managing director Takesure Mbano of the Mwendas Milling Company told reporter Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that he was assaulted by the police on Thursday in connection with the accusations of profiteering.

Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena said he had no information on the alleged attack, and added that police are forbidden by law from assaulting citizens.

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