President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said that the country needs to import 800 000 tonnes of maize so as to ease famine following last season’s poor rains which led to a severe drought.
The country is already in negotiations with potential suppliers, including Tanzania which has promised to help.
Mnangagwa was addressing villagers on Monday after officially opening the US$20 million rehabilitated Ngundu-Tanganda Highway in Chipinge. He said that most parts of the country fave imminent starvation due to hunger:
I want to assure you that this drought did not affect Chipinge alone.
There were not enough rains throughout the country.
Some provinces had a good harvest and their surplus should be moved to the affected provinces.
Overall, we need to import around 800 000 tonnes because our principle is that no one should die of hunger.
President Mnangagwa also urged the local authorities to relay information on families and areas which needed assistance to the government. He also indicated that there shall be no discrimination in the distribution of food assistance. He added:
So, we are not discriminating against those from MDC or any other political party, we give everyone food because they are Zimbabweans.
You are a Zimbabwean, you will be given the food. The Zanu-PF Government does not discriminate, we do not want any Zimbabwean to die of hunger.
International organisations including the United Nations project severe starvation due to hunger. They have since called upon partners to assist Zimbabwe in evading that hunger.
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