mukwende zfu 01-06-11.pngStakeholders in the agricultural sector say there is a conspiracy to sabotage the 2011-2012 farming season following the human made and avoidable scarcity of diesel.

Stakeholders in the agricultural sector have questioned the timing of this year’s diesel shortages, suggesting that economic sabotage to derail the country’s land reform cannot be ruled out.

Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU) Second Vice President, Mr Berean Mukwende said it is shocking that diesel is said to be in short supply at a time farmers are preparing to harvest the winter wheat and start the summer cropping season.

A transport operator, Mr Gumisai Dengure said the whole scenario smells a rat, questioning the timing of the diesel shortages which came just when agricultural inputs are being taken to different provinces.

Meanwhile, Energy and Power Development Minister, Mr Elton Mangoma has been refusing to comment and has not been answering his calls.

When the ZBC News crew visited his offices, he was said to be in a series of meetings.

Conspiracy theorists have come to the conclusion that the two MDC-T Ministries, that is the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Energy and Power Development have colluded to derail agriculture by starving it of inputs and funding.

Some sources say the national oil infrastructure development which falls under the Elton Mangoma led ministry has been pumping more petrol than diesel from Beira, hence causing a shortage in diesel which is a vital resource for farming.