DESPITE claims by the government that the country has adequate food to last up to the next harvest, 12 more people died of malnutrition in Bulawayo alone in the last month.
The latest deaths come at a time when the government and international donor agencies are embroiled in a row over the food situation in the country.
Figures from the Bulawayo City Council Health department show that 10 children, four boys and six girls, under the age of 14 died last month of hunger. Two male adults aged 29 and 30 years also succumbed to malnutrition.
The deaths came barely two months after 38 people died of starvation in Bulawayo.
Government has said it expects a bumper harvest despite estimates to the contrary by independent crop forecasters.
Zimbabwe Liberation Peace Initiative president, Max Mnkandla, whose organisation has been vocal against political discrimination in the distribution of food in rural areas, said government was misleading the nation and the international community on the food situation in the country.
Mnkandla said it was hypocritical for government to claim there was enough food when people were dying of malnutrition.
“Joseph Made and President Mugabe must stop misleading the nation and the international community because there is hunger all over,” Mnkandla said. “Right now they are saying the country has enough food but they are failing to tell the nation and the international community the exact tonnage the country has in its granaries.”