IT is interesting to note that the government talks of sabotage when ills besetting Zimbabwe squarely lie with them. Take for example the shortage of staple maize in the country. Is it an issue of poor planning or drought?
The white farmers foresaw the impending drought of 1992 and resorted to irrigation of early maize fields – only to be described a decade later by Agriculture minister Joseph Made as saboteurs and racists who wanted to resist the land reform.
Right now an enterprise of growing maize for sale to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) is a farce (Zimbabwe Independent, October 14). Maize needs heavy topdressing but the commodity is not there.
What will happen to the yield then? The floor price being offered by GMB cannot cover even transport costs. Yet drought is blamed.
The people in Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s constituency face starvation.
To make matters worse, the government is adding another burden by introducing a senate. Payment for the mujibhas is due in January. The next move will be the payment of the chiefs in foreign currency to enable them to buy fuel!