Monday, 16 July 2012

Allegations: Poor Paying for Aid in Zimbabwe

The Standard is reporting that poor households in Matabeleland are being forced to pay ZANU-PF and Grain Marketing Board officials in order to receive aid. The area has been hit by tough food shortages after crops were badly affected by erratic rains.


The government early this year unveiled a grain loan scheme where villagers would be given free maize to avert starvation after their crops were wiped off by a dry spell during the cropping season. 
The Standard established that some villagers were being allegedly told to contribute US$10 per homestead to Zanu-PF and GMB officials allegedly to buy fuel to transport the food aid consignment to their areas in what Deputy Agriculture minister, Seiso Moyo condemned as "unbridled daylight robbery".

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