National Consumer Rights Association (Nacora) advocacy and campaigns adviser, Effie Ncube (EN), has projected severe starvation to the maladministration of State resources.
Ncube claimed that the country would be hunger-free if funds disbursed for development initiatives such as Command Agriculture was being put to good use.
Asked during an interview with Daily News on Sundays’ Pauline Hurungudo (PH) what the causes of famine in the country were, Ncube said that bad politics was stifling growth in the country. Below are excerpts from the interview.
PH: And what about drought?
EN: Forget the drought, forget climate change, forget what the government is saying about the cause of hunger. The truth is there for all to see that misgovernance and embedded corruption that has taken over all institutions and processes is the key driver of poverty and hunger in Zimbabwe.
As long as corruption is as rampant and pervasive as it is now, no external lines of credit, no lifting of all sanctions and no amount of rain will rescue us from the inevitable poverty and hunger. We are poorer today than what we were in 1980 not because of poor rains but because those who are meant to feed the poor and lift them out of poverty and hunger are actually the source of hunger and poverty.
Ncube added that if the climate was the determinant of hunger, Zimbabwe could not be importing food aid from Switzerland whose land is literally frozen 365 days a year.
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