The government says distribution of inputs is apolitical as the presidential inputs scheme is targeting to alleviate poverty and hunger.

This comes after dismissed claims that the distribution of inputs under the presidential inputs scheme is a political gimmick aimed at garnering votes for the ruling party.

Launching the scheme at Murongwe Primary School in Mukumbura, the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri said inputs are being given to all Zimbabweans regardless of political affiliation.

“The distribution of imports is not political, the inputs are being given to all people whether you are from MDC or Zanu PF. If you look at the people here, no one came wearing party regalia or was asked to do so,” he said.

The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Mashonaland Central, Advocate Martin Dinha weighed in, saying the government had a responsibility to ensure food security whether there are elections or no elections, hence the early distribution of inputs.

“This is a government programme and besides, hunger knows no election, so you can’t say I will not farm or eat because there are elections. So as the government, we will not be discouraged from feeding our people,” he said.

Mukumbura farmers were commended for producing 1000 tonnes of sorghum, making Kamutsenzere the most improved depot in terms of small grains production countrywide.

Seven more inputs distribution points have been created in the area as villagers were travelling long distance to collect inputs.