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Zim MPs clash over food, as millions face hunger

16 October 2013, 11:21

Cape Town – Zimbabwe’s lawmakers reportedly went into a heated exchange of words in the House of Assembly on Tuesday with Zanu-PF blaming sanctions for the looming food shortages in the country.

Legislators from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, however, blamed the chaotic land reform exercise as the biggest threat to the country’s food security, News Day said.

The report said that MDC cited violent land grabs and Zanu-PF's failure to introduce a comprehensive land policy as the problem.

A report recently released by the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee revealed that at least 2.2 million Zimbabweans faced hunger and that they would need food assistance early next year.

The committee also revealed that 1.5 million people were food insecure.

Zimbabwe started experiencing serious food deficits over a decade ago after President Robert Mugabe's government embarked on a violent land reform programme.

At least 4 000 white commercial farmers were evicted from their farms.

- News24


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