Midlands governor Jason Machaya has revealed that Zanu PF’s bid for early elections was prompted by government’s failure to allocate enough resources towards the agriculture sector.
Addressing traditional leaders before handing over 113 tonnes of maize seed donated by President Robert Mugabe in Gweru on Monday, Machaya accused Finance minister Tendai Biti of “deliberately seeking to derail the land reform programme” by allocating meagre resources to the sector.
“The inclusive government has failed to fully support agriculture and this is the reason that has prompted his Excellency President Robert Mugabe to call for early election as other parties are deliberately derailing the land reform programme,” he said.
“There are some in the inclusive government who are difficult to work with.
“We have the Ministry of Finance, which does not prioritise agriculture in its Budget allocations.”
Machaya, who is also the Zanu PF provincial chairman, said President Mugabe approached well-wishers across the world and moblised resources to buy the inputs.
Midlands received 113 tonnes of seed maize under the scheme.
Each of the 45 chiefs in the province got 3, 6 tonnes of maize seed for the summer cropping season.
Machaya said chiefs were instrumental in ensuring that there was food security in the country.
The two MDC formations have accused Zanu PF of abusing traditional leaders and using them as pawns ahead of elections.