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Govt buys maize worth $1,2 million

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TSHOLOTSHO — The government has bought maize worth $1,2 million to ensure that no Zimbabwean starves, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said on Wednesday.

Tsvangirai, who is also the leader of the MDC-T, was addressing villagers at Tsholotsho Business Centre, as part of his Matabeleland North Province tour.

“This year I want to promise you that no one will go hungry,” he said.

Tsvangirai said the development followed the completion of a countrywide household food security assessment.

“We have assessed each household in the country to ascertain the levels of needs in each family. That exercise is complete and government will distribute maize as per needs of each province and district.”

Tsvangirai said district administrators (DAs) would make sure every family was catered for.

Most parts of Matabeleland region had poor crop yields and people in those areas require food support.

Commenting on development in Matabeleland, Tsvangirai said it was important for overdue projects in the region to be completed before new ones were started. Tsvangirai toured the DA’s office and Tsholotsho District Hospital.

In the second leg of his tour, Tsvangirai and his entourage visited Lupane State University (LSU). Although the campus site is in Lupane, the university is operating from Bulawayo as construction work is under way at the site.

LSU director of physical planning and works, Howard Ndlovu, said the construction of the university was at an advanced stage.

“With the $4 million allocated to us this year, the construction of LSU has reached an advanced stage,” he said. He added that they now needed an extra $3 million to roof the university.

The roofing contractor is set to begin next week.

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