FOOD - everybody needs something to eat daily.
It would be great to go to bed every night knowing that tomorrow there is something to eat. Yet in Zimbabwe many are so insecure when it comes to food, millions face starvation and only the drops of rain could silence the pangs of hunger. In this drought prone nation praying and waiting for the rain is an annual routine for villages located on barren lands.
But even if the heavens were to open up there is no guarantee of crops, for without fertilizers people cannot coax any meaningful harvest from the land. Here the country’s President steps in, with a promise to avert the huge consequences of a food crisis, but the catch is that if you are not a Zanu PF supporter your chance of getting Mugabe sponsored agricultural inputs are slim.
Unfortunately politics have muddled the waters, with President Robert Mugabe hell bent on extending his 32 year old rule, it is somewhat sickening that old and young, able bodied and maimed people are reduced to beggars as the presidential inputs support scheme carried out in a partisan fashion.
The Zimbabwe Peace Project recently reported “the politicisation of food amid reports hunger-stricken villagers who failed to attend Zanu PF meetings were denied food as punishment.”
It is sick indeed that the president of the nation chooses to politicise food and ignore the plight of his people who are living within the jaws of poverty.
If I was president, just for a day, I would sublimate my personal interests for the interests of the broader masses. I would never use food to settle political schemes and I would ensure that those who do not have a piece of land to till, because of fragmentation caused by traditional inheritance procedures or through the partisan based land distribution, are given a piece on farms that presently lie idle in the hands of a few elite.
Food is a right and if I was the president it will be my chief priority to ensure that people are food secure.
But then it is just a dream in a country where food is used to win numbers.