Mugabe blames El Nino for food shortages
By Staff Reporter
Zimbabwean leader, President Robert Mugabe has said that El Nino is the reason for the flops in the Zimbabwean agriculture sector.
President Mugabe was addressing people who were gathered at the Heroes’ Acre to commemorate the Heroes’ Day celebrations.
Mugabe said, “Economic activity in the agriculture sector has remained subdued due to effect of the El Nino weather. In view of this, Government is committed in pursuing strategies that guarantee food security in rural and urban communities.”
He also said that food is not only reserved for ZANU PF supporters only.
He said, “Usati aiwa chikafu chakupihwa veZANU chete hachizi chokwadi. Handizvo zviri mutsika dzedu, mukubatira kwenyika. (Do not say food is only being given to ZANU PF supporters. That is not how we behave, that is not how we run the country.”
Mugabe’s comments come at a time when a huge number of the citizens are languishing in poverty and are in need of food aid.
The President also took time to explain the government’s recent controversial imports ban which he said is meant to protect local industry.
He said, “(Murawo) uyu wakaitwa kuti ubatsire nyika yedu, tibatsire vanhu vedu vanorima angave madomasi nezvimwe zvakadaro zvinotengeswa muno munyika zvanga zvakuora nekuti pane vamwe vanga vakuti aah zvekuSouth Africa zvakachipa kudarika zvemuno. (This policy was put in place to help our nation, to help our local producers who produce perishable products. Some produces were getting bad because some of our people where going to purchase in South Africa because they said South African products are cheaper.)”
The Heroes’ Day event was shunned by a number of the war veterans because of the recent war they have been fighting against the government.
Without the war veterans, Heroes’ Day celebrations are meaningless and with the ongoing challenges the Mugabe regime is facing, the war veterans is the last group the government would want to displease.