Sakunda funded Command Agric

FUEL supplier, Sakunda Holdings funded government’s much vaunted Command Agriculture programme spearheaded by Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, NewsDay has learnt.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba let the cat out of the bag on Tuesday, while addressing mourners at the burial of his wife, Idaishe Olivia Chengu-Charamba in Mutorashanga.

Government had kept a tight lid on the funders of the scheme, amid speculation the exercise was bankrolled by taxpayers.

“Let it be known that Command Agriculture is not being funded by public funds, nothing is coming from taxpayers. The money is coming from Sakunda Holdings through their company Trafigura fronted by Kuda Tagwireyi. These are committed Zimbabweans bound by the love of their country who came to fund the project,” he said.

Sakunda, which is currently involved in several major government energy projects, is believed to have pumped in $199 million into the scheme where farmers who received free agricultural inputs were expected to pay back with grain deliveries to the Grain Marketing Board.

Under the scheme which is seen as the ruling Zanu PF’s 2018 election trump card, government plans to increase food production and ensure food security for the country. The scheme is touted to produce 2 million tonnes of grain.

Zimbabwe had been turned into a net importer of grain since the launch of the land reform programme in 2000 which saw over 4 000 white former commercial farmers dispossessed of their land which was redistributed to poorly-equipped indigenous farmers.

7 Responses to Sakunda funded Command Agric

  1. Kuda May 19, 2017 at 6:58 am #

    The same Trafigura that promised to bail out Zimbabwe’s debts before the IFIs?

  2. CeeJay May 19, 2017 at 8:48 am #

    Then thumps up to Sakunda. Kwete zvevanongohumana vasina kana solution to our problem. Zvibvunze kuti iwe pachako chii chauri kumboitawo kuti zvinhu zvinake. Kana kagadheni kekumba kwenyu haugoni kurimira mhuri yako mavegi. Hee hurumende what what. Abaiwa ngaabude mhani

  3. hduts May 19, 2017 at 9:55 am #

    Now that Sakunda funded command agric at what cost was this? Very interesting.

  4. Famba Zion May 19, 2017 at 11:22 am #

    Is this news worthy? Yes Sakunda did it so what? What are you trying to achieve?

  5. jojo May 19, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

    Cee Jay you are an undercover for the looters. Did you think that the country would operate with a collapsed agricultural infrastructure and support? You vandalised farms and chased way skilled farmers stole fertilizers got fertilizers for free from fertilizer companies . Your sympathy to ZANU is strange. Why should we support a foolish government? Pay for all you looted and this country will be be restored once more!

  6. preacher May 19, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

    Who are the real owners of sakunda,which faction do they belong,what are they going to get in return,are they going to fund GMB as well?anyone plz help

  7. aldehyde chivhanga May 20, 2017 at 3:00 am #

    maybe sakunda holdings knows what happened to the $15 billion that vanished into thin mist. anyway thumps up to sakunda for aiding the command agric initiative. we hope you will fund ZANU pf’s upcoming “command electioneering” campaign.

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