Zanu PF Harare Province Chairman, Ambassador Amos Midzi, has castigated the move by Harare City Council to cut some maize crop belonging to residents, describing the move as smacking of political machinations meant to frustrate his partyâ€™s efforts to guarantee the nation food security.
Ambassador Midzi said the timing of the maize crop slash is suspicious as it comes hard on the heels of a US$30 million input scheme, that has been organised by the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe, following the failure by Finance Minister Tendai Bitiâ€™s 2011 National Budget to adequately address farmersâ€™ needs.
The maize crop that was cut by the city fathers had reached the tussling stage, prompting Ambassador Midzi to take a swipe at the heartless nature of the MDC-T led council.
â€œItâ€™s a political war we are fighting. These people lack sympathy to ordinary Zimbabweans. They realised that most of the people who planted the crops had their inputs provided for by the Zanu PF party, hence decided to undermine our efforts,â€ Ambassador Midzi said.
In future, the city fathers have been advised to put educational campaigns to ensure that people do not incur losses in time and money.
â€œSurely there has to be a clear educational campaign to ensure people do not farm at undesignated areas. The MDC-T led council has just failed the citizens as it has persecuted the people it is expected to represent in office,â€ he said.
The Harare maize crop slash was followed by a similar incident by yet another MDC-T led council in Bulawayo that received condemnation from the Zanu PF leadership in that area.
Urban farming has over the years proved to be handy in sustaining food security for the country in the face of illegal economic sanctions imposed on the country by the West.