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MDC Activists: Zanu-PF Denying us State Food Supplies

The Movement for Democratic Change formation of former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has urged its supporters who are allegedly being denied food aid to come forward and make a formal complaint so that the party can take up the issue with the government.

Party activists in some parts of the country, including Mudzi North, reported Friday that they are being denied maize from the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) by village heads who are affiliated to President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party.

MDC-T deputy spokesman Joel Gabhuza said those who are being discriminated against on the grounds they are MDC-T members should get in touch with the party’s leadership so that action can be taken.

Golden Mazviko, former MDC-T councilor in Mudzi North, Mashonaland East, said only Zanu-PF members are being considered for GMB grain in his area.

VOA was unable to get a comment from Zanu-PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo as his mobile phone was not being answered.

At the same time, the World Food Program is this month expected to roll out its food and cash distribution programme to more than 1.8 million people in 41 districts facing famine.

The food assistance program will help in feeding at least 2.2 people predicted to be in need of food by the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZIMVAC), which estimates food security levels and identifies affected areas.

Each year ZIMVAC, a coalition of NGOs, researchers and government agencies, undertake a major rural livelihood assessment based on a sample of over 10,000 households across the country.

WFP spokeswoman Victoria Cavanagh who said the organization is mobilizing to assist the vulnerable population in Zimbabwe.

Provinces facing hunger include Matabeleland North and South, Manicaland, Masvingo and Midlands. Hunger is also creeping in traditionally-safe provinces like Mashonaland Central and urban areas.