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    MDC activist takes Dep Minister Simbanegavi to task over seed



    ...As UN launches fact finding mission on food rights in Zim

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    GUTU – The Deputy Minister of National Housing Yeukai Simbanegavi lost her marbles this week when an MDC activist put her into a corner over partisan distribution of maize seed under the Presidential Input Scheme that has been going on in Gutu North which is her constituency.
    The two made exchanges on WhatsApp until the Minister got angry and openly told Jonah Wakurawarerwa that the seed that was being distributed was exclusively for Zanu PF members and no MDC A or any other opposition was going to benefit from it.
    She said that the seed belonged to President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Zanu PF and therefore cannot be enjoyed by those who oppose and regard him as an illegitimate leader.
    Wakurawarerwa insisted that the seed was bought using Government funds and therefore was for all the people.

    It is illegal under the law to refuse people food because of their political indications and Zimbabwe is under the international spotlight for the same reason.
    THE United Nations has launched a fact-finding mission to establish the right to food in Zimbabwe with the final report set to be presented to the Human Rights Council in Geneva in March 2020.
    UN Special Rapporteur, Hilal Elver, is leading the fact-finding mission from 18 to 28 November 2019.
    “The objective of my visit is to engage in constructive discussions to identify good practices as well as challenges to the enjoyment of the right to food in Zimbabwe, and provide useful recommendations to the Government and others,” Elver said during a media briefing soon after arriving in the country.
    One of the people who was refused food in Gutu North is Patson Tekeshe, a pastor with Mabasa eVapositori Church.
    Simbanegavi switched off her phone when The Mirror called her for a comment. She however, gave an interview to Newsday and told the newspaper that indeed she stands by her word that the seed was for Zanu PF only.
    She said Wakurawarerwa was an irritant to her because he was a loser in the Parliamentary elections in Gutu North.
    Hundreds of people were refused seed in various wards in Gutu North after being openly told that they belong to the opposition.
    Wakurawarerwa told The Mirror that the deputy minister blew her top after he sent her a WhatsApp message asking why MDC A supporters were being refused seed.
    Several villagers who talked to The Mirror said withdrawal of aid to opposition supporters was the reason why Zanu PF was winning in rural areas.
    “We don’t like the party but we vote with our tummies. If they find out that you are opposition, they leave you to starve. This a party of ruthless and selfish people more so after Mnangagwa came into power,” said Chrispen Chamakavinga.
    The names of party officials who refused people seed are Bornface Mutindimuri, Jaison Mudonhi, Phillip Tagwirei,Jeremiah Maruvamba, Jadson Mashavira, Francis Chitsa, Abias Hamandishe and Bernard Ngumanyuni.
    Mutindimuri told a Mirror reporter who called him for a comment to come and distribute the seed herself. He said GMB released inadequate allocations.
    “We never politicized inputs but we distributed according to registers, some Zanu PF supporters actually failed to get inputs,” said Mutindimuri.
    #Masvingo Mirror#
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