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    Zanu PF chair orders Gov to stop food aid to MDC T members


    Morris Bishi
    Chiredzi Bureau

    Mwenezi – The Zanu PF Masvingo Provincial Chairman Ezra Chadzamira has condemned Government officials including those from GMB who give food aid to opposition party supporters, in particular MDC T.
    Chadzamira who was speaking at a meeting of war veterans in Mwenezi said Government food aid was for Zanu PF supporters only and anyone who was not Zanu PF should get food from the MDC T.
    He said many Government workers were supporters of the MDC T and People First.
    "Thank you for coming here Minister Mutsvangwa but I would like you to know that our workers at GMB and Social Welfare are supporters of opposition parties like MDC T and People First. They are giving food aid to opposition supporters despite the fact that all food belongs to Zanu PF and it should be given only to Zanu PF supporters.
    "All those who want to benefit from the Government`s drought relief programme should support Zanu PF first or else they should get aid from their parties" said Chadzamira.
    MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu however, condemned Chadzamira`s sentiments and called it a crime against humanity as food is a basic human right to all people regardless of political affiliation. He said his party is worried by the politicisation of food aid with MDC supporters on the receiving end.
    "We have always been saying food aid should be given to all deserving Zimbabweans regardless of political affiliation since food is a basic human right. As a party we would like to strongly condemn a situation where food aid is being given to Zanu PF supporters only. We condemn that practice and it is very worrisome if a senior politician like a provincial chairman urges people to break the law publicly. That`s a crime against humanity, Government is for us all whether MDC, People First or Zanu PF," said Gutu.
    Interim Spokesperson of People First Rugare Gumbo blamed Chadzamira for being overzealous saying every Zimbabwean is entitled to food aid. He said it`s very surprising to note that people like Chadzamira lacks the understanding of the effects of drought and how it affects everybody despite political affiliation.
    "It`s very surprising to note that Chadzamira who is a provincial party leader can publicly announce that other Zimbabweans should not be given food relief because of their political affiliation. Chadzamira is partisan and he does not know that he will not die in Zanu PF. Every Zimbabwean is entitled to food relief during drought, that`s why we are saying these people are criminals," says Gumbo.
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