Thursday 4 April 2024


LOCAL Government minister, July Moyo, has been criticised for threatening to have food aid agencies expelled if they are suspected not to be politically correct by its supporters.

Aid agencies are playing a crucial role in reaching vulnerable populations across the country following the El NiƱo-induced drought that has left millions facing hunger.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday declared the drought as a national disaster and revealed that the country needs about US$2 billion to avert starvation.

However, Zanu PF is fretting over suspected “hostile” non-governmental organisations (NGOs) distributing food aid.

Moyo let the cat out of the bag last week in Buhera when he warned of “decisive action” against NGOs suspected to be “mistreating” or “manipulating” the rural populace during food distribution.

Moyo was addressing villagers under Chief Chiduku in Buhera.

Sources said provincial and district intelligence officers have been tasked to monitor food aid agencies while the local Zanu PF leadership have been directed to be actively involved in the distribution of aid.

Independent analyst Pardon Taodzera said the threat against food aid agencies was worrying.

“Rural areas being Zanu PF's stronghold, the government fears losing its grip if people become reliant on aid agencies, not the government,” Taodzera said.

Another analyst, Margaret Makuyana, expressed concern over the potential impact on food distribution.

“Food aid should be based on need, not political affiliation. Threats against NGOs will only worsen the situation for millions facing hunger,” Makuyana said.

This follows the introduction of a law that increases government oversight on NGOs, raising concerns about stifling independent humanitarian efforts.

The WFP agency estimates that 2,7 million Zimbabweans require food assistance due to the drought, a number projected to rise as the year progresses.

The Zanu PF government has a history of politicising food aid.

In the past, there have been accusations of diverting resources to party supporters. Newsday


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