Former US ambassador to Zimbabwe Harry Thomas jr has come out attacking the high level of corruption in the Zimbabwean government as a major contributor to the increasing food insecurity in the country.
Speaking during an interview on PBS news Hour with Anna Nawaz, he says if the government become transparent in their dealings perhaps the country wouldn’t be in this position given the vast amount of mineral wealth Zimbabwe posseses,
“The people of Zimbabwe deserve better. This is because of massive corruption, mismanagement for many years. The government and leaders of Zimbabwe are only interested in power accumulation and wealth maintenance.”
He claims the problems being faced in Zimbabwe are man Made and that if responsible action is taken a lot could change for the better of the people of Zimbabwe,
“It happens when its leaders take all of the money that they earn through selling minerals, as they should, gold, plutonium — they are a very wealthy country — and put it in their pockets.”
Siiting in the same interview was Garry Bourke who discibed the drought as a disaster, He said
People simply do not have enough food. The larders are dry. The harvest comes in once a year, in April. Stocks from that are largely exhausted. They’re looking forward to the next harvest in April. The rainy season has arrived. It’s arrived two months’ late.
Efforts to buy import grain are hampered by the same corrupt individuals who inflate purchasing figures to line up their pockets,
“That is our concern, our government’s concern. And it should be, but we need to hold the government accountable. For example, they are trying to — they have imported wheat from Tanzania. The worldwide price is about $240 to $250 a ton. They charge $600.” Ambassador Thomas Said.
This comes at a time the President, Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced just recently at a a National Clean up campaign held in Harare’s high density surbab Kuwadzana that the late coming of the rainy season is likely to trigger more power cuts as the water levels at the countries Kariba Hydro power station is dwindling.
“Look at the sun, there are no rains. As you can see, we are staring at poverty. We need electricity in our homes and industries,” he Said.
“I am sure you have heard that Lake Kariba, which was giving us 1 000 MW before is now only managing between 100 and 90MW because of the extremely low water levels.”
The former Ambassador Harry Thomas however says the USA through the World Food Programme will be stepping up efforts to avert or rather minimise food insecurity.
“Well, we’re very focused on scaling up ourselves. We’re going to double within the next few weeks the number of Zimbabweans we are supporting, those in crisis and emergency levels of food insecurity.”
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