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Hunger Stalks Mash. East as Opposition Claims Politicization of Food Aid

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

A Zimbabwean subsistence farmer holds a stunted maize cob in his field outside Harare, January 20, 2016.

A Zimbabwean subsistence farmer holds a stunted maize cob in his field outside Harare, January 20, 2016.

The hunger situation in Mashonaland East was worsening with more families surviving on wild fruits and sometimes one meal a day.

According to MDC-T Mashonaland East women’s assembly provincial organising secretary Edna Muswe, the situation is being worsened by the politicization of food distribution in the province by Zanu PF leaders.

She said opposition party members are being denied food aid.

"The Zanu PF leadership is making sure that no MDC-T members get the food. Many people are now surviving on wild berries and wild okra," Muswe said.

Studio 7 tried to get a comment from Uzumba Member of Parliament Simbaneuta Mudarikwa of Zanu PF but he told us to call him Wednesday.

But Muswe said she does not see many families pulling through to September this year if nothing was done to address the food distribution issue.

Zimbabwe millers recently announced that they were now buying maize from countries like Mexico, Ukraine and Uruguay after neighbours Zambia and South Africa stopped selling maize to other nations due to an El Nino induced drought.

President Robert Mugabe has declared a state of disaster in the country where an estimated 4 million people now in need of food aid.

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