Cape Town – A least 2.2 million Zimbabweans will need food
assistance early next year, according to a report released by the Zimbabwe
Vulnerability Assessment Committee.
The committee also revealed that 1.5 million people were
food insecure, Herald said on Wednesday.
President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party blames the country’s
poor harvests on the former minister of finance Tendai Biti who they accuse of
starving the farming sector of funds during his tenure.
Biti from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change was
the minister of finance in the inclusive government which ended after Zanu-PF "resoundingly"
won the 31 July elections.
The funding woes were compounded by poor rains received in
some parts of the country, the report said.
Once regarded the bread basket of Africa, Zimbabwe started
experiencing serious food deficits over a decade ago after Mugabe's government
embarked on a violent land reform programme.
At least 4 000 white commercial farmers were evicted
from their farms.