Zambia now deeply meddling in Zimbabwe politics – Zim Media

The Zimbabwean Mail reports President Robert Mugabe met the beleaguered Zambian Vice President Guy Scott at State House in Harare yesterday to finalise the agreement for his party to import 150 000 tonnes of maize from Zambia to be used for campaign.

Last year The Zimbabwe Mail reported that Zambian Food Reserve Agency (FRA) signed a US$42.5 million contract with a shadowy Zimbabwean company linked to State Security agency CIO, Sakunda Trading of Zimbabwe for the sale of 300, 000 metric tonnes of maize in a deal believed to be a secret pact between President Mugabe and his Zambian counter-part Michael Sata.

Ailing dictator Sata has pledged his backing for Robert Mugabe re-election.

FRA public relations officer Mwamba Siame has said in a statement issued in Lusaka that the sale of the 300,000 metric tonnes of maize to Zimbabwe will reduce the surplus stock kept by the agency to 330, 435 metric tonnes.

In Zimbabwe, maize procurement is carried out through the State Company, the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) and paid by the Ministry of Finance but sources said the deal has been financed by a diamond company Mbada Private Limited which is run by a cabal of military and Zanu-PF officials.

On its website Sakunda says it is an Energy company, and claims its largest supplier of  liquid fuels and other petrochemicals, and business of providing energy solutions that which it says keep the wheels of industry and the economy turning.

Sources said the company is bogus and linked to high-level Zanu-PF and the CIO.

In February this year, the Zambian Food Reserve Agency of Zambia banned exports to Zimbabwe through private traders in a deal sources said was agreed by Sata and Mugabe.

In an interview, Zimbabwean Grain Millers’ Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) chairman Mr Tafadzwa Musarara said Zambia’s Food Reserve Agency refused to release the grain although all due payments had been made.

He said about 12 000 tonnes belong to National Foods and the remainder to Alpha Grain.

“The white maize export ban imposed by Zambia in December 2012 has resulted in Zimbabwean millers being unable to collect pre-paid white maize from the FRA and private traders. We are owed a total of 17 000 tonnes, which is worth up to US$7 million at current commercial value,” he said.

Musarara said millers who paid for their consignments are in a quandary as Zambian authorities are refusing to open negotiations. Lusaka has also refused to refund the millers in lieu of the outstanding deliveries, he added.

Musarara said some parts of Zimbabwe are experiencing maize meal shortages after the Grain Marketing Board ran out of maize to supply millers last month.

Industry and Commerce Minister Professor Welshman Ncube said it would not be difficult to thrash out an agreement with the Zambians.

He said several SADC protocols on free trade could be used to recover the grain.

Speaking to journalists after the hour-long meeting, Scott said Zambia was expected to start delivering the maize soon.
“It should start next week if everything goes according to our best expectations. We discussed issues revolving around maize to ensure none of us lose any people. None of us should have a shortfall of maize this year.

“Basically, we know what we are doing and what we are trying to achieve.”

Although Scott did not disclose the value of the consignment, The Herald is reliably informed that Zimbabwe had already made a down payment in the region of US$3 million.

Scott was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Effron Lungu and Agriculture Minister Robert Sichinga.

After meeting President Mugabe, Scott flew back to Zambia and was seen off at the Harare International Airport by Vice President Joice Mujuru and Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Joseph Made.

Made said in an interview after the meeting that the 150 000 tonnes of maize would see the country having enough grain when added to the harvests taking place in areas that were not affected by drought.

He said Zimbabweans should be grateful to Zambia for prioritising the country in the light of a high demand of maize by other countries in the sub-region.

“That matter has now been resolved at the highest level,” said Made. “The ministers of agriculture from both countries met and the Vice Presidents met and Ministers of Foreign Affairs were present.

“The public is being assured that the maize imports are being done at the highest level.”

Made said logistics were already in place to move the grain from Zambia with the cooperation of the northern neighbours.

“The movement of the maize from Zambia requires meticulous work,” he said. “We will be concentrating on the logistics so that we get the maize timely.

“We will be under pressure to move the grain before the early showers that usually fall in August or September so that the grain is not affected by rains.”

Made said the grain would be moved to “strictly priority areas” which did not harvest anything due to drought this season.

The areas include Matabeleland South, Masvingo, southern parts of Manicaland, southern parts of Midlands and some parts of Matabeleland North.

“These are areas where there is nothing at the moment because of the drought,” said Made. “People in the northern parts of the country are at least begining to harvest.”

Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF has been accused of using food aid to build political support ahead of general elections in Zimbabwe later this year.

Officials in the south are said to be circumventing local, multiparty councillors who previously distributed food aid, instead giving grain and rice donated by the president only to Zanu PF loyalists to distribute.

They in turn have allegedly been demanding to see Zanu PF membership cards before they hand over food parcels.

An estimated 1.6 million Zimbabweans are dependent on food aid because of severe dry spells and hailstorms which wiped up to 80 per cent of crops in some areas.

There are fears that with a new harvest approaching and forecasts of erratic rainfall, more could soon be affected.

Analysts say that with international pressure on Zimbabwe’s politicians to avoid the bloodshed of previous elections, coercion tactics such as the partisan distribution of food will increasingly be deployed.

“If they are trying to avoid outright violence in the next elections, the manipulation of food supplies becomes part of an array of tactics that can be used instead,” said Piers Pigou, from International Crisis Group

Several reports have surfaced about such practices in Masvingo and Matabeleland South, two of the worst-affected provinces.

In Matobo, south of Bulawayo and hit by cattle deaths and crop failures, it was reported that only wards represented by Zanu PF councillors were being given food.

Sithembile Mlotshwa, an MDC senator, told Newsday that supporters were turned away from a village school last month where wheat was being distributed.

“I was told that supporters of the MDC-T were told to move away as the wheat was meant for card-carrying Zanu PF members only,” he said. “Some of the wheat was distributed at a shop belonging to a known Zanu PF activist in a move to frustrate the MDC-T supporters.”

Andrew Langa, the Zanu PF Matabeleland South chairman, denied the claims, saying it was not his party’s policy to discriminate on the basis of political allegiance.

“I am not aware of that and I doubt that anyone could consider party affiliation when distributing food meant for Zimbabweans,” he said.

Douglas Mwonzora, the MDC-T’s national spokesman, said he was concerned that such activities were increasing.

“Zanu PF is using food as a political weapon,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “The drought has made people more and more dependent on food handouts and more likely to act in Zanu PF’s favour in order to be fed.”

He said that the MDC-T’s ministers, who sit in a fractious coalition government with Zanu PF, had sought a resolution in cabinet condemning the activity.

“Although the MDC is represented at ministerial level, the government bureaucrats are still Zanu PF, and determine the manpower that does the distribution.”


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    Sting North-Western 5 years

    Crap move by the PF dick heads.

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    Sting North-Western 5 years

    Crap move.

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    they need maize from zambia give them but ask a road from mugabe zambians are suffering in the hands of mugabe why us zambians carring motor vehicles on our heads, them they drive all the way from nakonde though kariba border or chirundu as zambians do we have represantation guy scout and sata tell mugabe they have tortured us enough is enough

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      ayoba 5 years

      Nice one…carrying cars on our heads. Yeah, Zim must be less harsh with their road rules. Even travelling through that country is not easy, too many checkpoints-every five kilometers surely. Let them get our maize and we also give them conditions.

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    Gay scort former agriculture minister during the chiluba time. Killed all agriculture policies which were the best in Africa during kk’s time. And we had hunger.he’s doing the same today and zambians ar quite. This idiot is not real zambian hence talks rubbish and acts so unzambian. Come next year. Millie meal kaya.

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    chido 5 years

    Indeed hunger in zambia is coming!these people do not hav heart there own citizens.this is a work up call to all zambians.

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    Vigil Citizen 5 years

    Excellent planning by Ukwa. He donated fuel to Malawi and increased fuel prices here. We have the highest prices of mealie meal since Independence and looming hunger due to poor rains and army worms, our Ukwa with his good planning is exporting subsidized maize at a give away price to please old Bob. Bakateka mwilangala kubunga ka!

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    Mpongo Muleya 5 years

    At Least Zimbabwe is paying for the maize. It is different from the Malawi situations where they were given free free fuel. However let the money be put to good use and that it will not be used for stupid bye elections.

    Zimbabwe should also grow up as a nation and learn to respect Zambians. True UNIP made a mistake by over supporting ZAPU but most Zambians like me supported ZANU PF as it was clear that ZANU stands for the liberation of region from white domination.

    In this regard I wish to call on the Government of Zimbabwe to work closely with the Zambian Government in a hope that they will control our President and his lunatic ministers and prevent them from mismanaging the country and its resources. I think its them who can tell the Zambian Government to stop useless bye elections. They should also advise the PF Government to put more attention on Agriculture development and to stop mis managing RDA funds.

    A stable and prosperous Zambia is good for Zimbabwe. In the same vain a stable Zimbabwe is good for Zambia. That why the two Governments should cooperate in aveting hunger in the region. We sincerely need each other. After all we should be one Great Country if it was not for the selfish nature of our founding fathers who wanted to be presidents.

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    Moses 5 years

    Uncle Bob is too smart for these PF clowns; he will play them!LOL

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    Bishop Aringarosa 5 years

    This article is a mouthful! It should have been edited. Let me digest it first and respond appropriately.

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    Robert Mugabe is said to have been prophesied to lead Zimbabwe hence those of us who thought Joshua Nkomo then looked first were surprised and only God will remove Mugabe.Any nation which blesses the blessed also gets blessed.
    Realizing army worms may have been planted by those who wanted their chemicals sold we must prepare our selves to feed Zambians through hunger.
    President Sata is capable of fore seeing and will do effective pre planning even if it would mean importing maize from Malawi PF shall not be beaten twice again.
    PF knows bye elections will be won through had work and effective service delivery. How ever ignoramuses in opposition brand President Sata and PF as if we live in COMMUNIST country where all foods and education are done by the state SHAHAH
    We are a DEMOCRATIC but even claim to be REPUBLIC heheheheheh
    Lesa twafwe

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    that is pf.please wakeup zambian before it is too let

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    Castle lite nizii 5 years

    So you cant connect that the supply/donation of cheap maize to zanu pf by zambia so that zanu pf can bribe voters is meddling in their internal affairs…

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    branchchair 5 years

    it means hunger for zambians

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    The Zambian Government that is planning to sell this maize is it the same one which sent experts to assess the looming hunger in 44 districts.

    Help I am confused.

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    “seleni tubombeko” we need money to bribe all opposition mps,chiefs,villages headmen and others,where do think we will get the money? Of course from the sold maize, the removed subsidies.

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    Katebe katoto 5 years

    Zambia now deeply meddling in Zimbabwe politics – Zim Media ….. This heading!! and story –

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      AnAppealToCommonSense 5 years

      Yes, I am a bit confused as well.

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    shabadu 5 years

    where is this leading to?? the next thing we are giong to hear is the money for the same maize will go into their pockets,since when did guy scott turn into FRA sales rep???? lets wake up fellow zambians

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    Bimbo 5 years

    “Basically, we know what we are doing and what we are trying to achieve.”

    Yes,we all know that, but what you are trying to achieve is NOT CHEAPER FOOD FOR ZAMBIAN PEOPLE!

    More like more money in YOUR POCKET!

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    dexter 5 years

    Power is really sweet, You can even decide who eats or not in the whole country.

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    Africa the land of brutal despot regimes, venomous snakes, brutal sun shine, hunger, crocodiles and rigged elections!!!!!!

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      dexter 5 years

      Spot on man, spot on.

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    Wawa 5 years

    old dinosaurs..!!!!!!!!!

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    Fougarcon 5 years

    Muzungu wo pusa maningi

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    Birds of the same feathers flocking in wrong direction.This Scott Muzungu is a shit.

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      Zwangendaba 5 years

      Because he associates himself with Mpika!!! See report on defalcation.

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      Zwangendaba 5 years

      Because he associates himself with Mpika!!! See report on defalcation.

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    Rusco 5 years

    This is a serious issue, it took the entire VP to travel to Zambabwe for the same. In any case, it is only proper that Our brothers and sisters on the other side have food, while we know politics is at play. After all if we do not do this, these guys will move here and we shall start complaining of their presence. Let us feed them right there in their homes.

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    Observer 5 years

    Guy Scott has nothing to lose by selling all the maize because he does not eat nishima.During the campaigns every where his pictures clearly showed him frying his potatoes .

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    You are stupid mealie meal is expensive here and and u idiots support this dull gay scotch move and why hasnt he been fired

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    Kongwa 5 years

    But Zambia also risk hunger this year due to poor harvest expected. The price of maize will be very high and so will the mealie meal

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    math 5 years

    Brotherly gesture to our neighbours.

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        Chocho 5 years

        Iwe, its MILK AND HONEY, ala!

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          muko 5 years

          buci a mukupa

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          Land of milk and honey..?? Why so many dont even have basic…clean water to drink?