Gutu Villagers Tell Mugabe They Are Starving

Mugabe was at Matizha Primary school for the installation of his cousin,Vengesai Rushwaya, as Chief Serima on Thursday.
The daring villagers told Mugabe in the face that they were on the brink of starvation and desperately needed his intervention.
One of the villagers, a school development committee member who was asked to introduce other members, took the opportunity to air their grievances.
“Mr President, we are almost dying. We had poor harvests due to drought. We need your urgent help or else we will starve,” said the villager.
Another villager who was asked to shout party slogans made the same appeal to the President.
Masvingo provincial governor and Resident Minister Titus Maluleke also siezed the opportunity and told the President that thousands of villagers were facing food shortages in the district and needed urgent supplies.
“We had poor rains last year and many people hardly harvested
anything. About 1 000 people in the province are in need of food handouts. The most affected are Gutu, Zaka and Chivi districts,’Maluleke said.
Responding to the appeal for food, Mugabe said his government will introduce food for work schemes where villagers will get money to buy food.