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Food Distribution Contested in Eastern Zimbabwe Province by ZANU-PF Militants

Youth militia and war veterans in Zimbabwe's Manicaland province have threatened to disrupt distribution of food aid if non-governmental organizations continue to pass out food without members of the former ruling ZANU-PF party being present, sources said.

They said newly-elected ZANU-PF Youth League Secretary for External Affairs Joshua Sako told a council meeting in Chimanimani that his party must be involved in aid distribution.

In Makoni Central district war veterans are said to have threatened organizations helping the needy if they do not involve members of ZANU-PF in their operations.

Director Forbes Matonga of Christian Care, a distribution agent for the United Nations World Food Program, told VOA Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that despite the pressure from ZANU-PF, his organization would not interrupt its distribution operations.

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