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Zim lawmakers accuse minister of looting food aid

11 April 2016, 16:16

Harare - Two Zanu-PF lawmakers have hit out at Provincial Minister Shuvai Mahofa, describing her as a "greedy leader", reports New Zimbabwe.

The two legislators, Paul Chimedza and Tongai Muzenda, accused Mahofa of looting food aid meant for poor villagers in the drought-hit Masvingo province.

Chimedza and Muzenda queried Mahofa's involvement in the handing out of food aid, saying she had recently refused to hand out food to their constituencies.

The two lawmakers were allegedly barred from collecting their share of at least 1 169 tons of maize donated to government by the sugar milling giant Tongaat Hullet, as part of its corporate social responsibility.

This came after President Robert Mugabe in February declared a "state of disaster" in many rural areas hit by a severe drought. 

Zimbabwe has suffered perennial food shortages in recent years and resorted to importing grain from neighbouring countries to meet its needs. 

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently claimed that over 70% of crops in the southern part of the country were wiped out by drought conditions brought on by the El Nino weather phenomenon.

Mnangagwa said at least three million people in rural areas needed urgent food aid.

- News 24


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