GOVERNMENT has allocated 15 tonnes of rice to rural Members of Parliament from across the political divide.
Millions of Zimbabweans are threatened by a desperate lack of food.
Observers say the hunger crisis was a result both of drought and long years of mismanagement.
MDC Binga North legislator Prince Dubeko Sibanda revealed during Parliament’s question and answer time on Wednesday that rural MPs had been given rice aid to distribute to their constituencies.
He, however, insisted that MPs needed transport to ferry the rice aid to its intended destination.
“Allow me to prefix my supplementary question by thanking the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare for allocating 15 tonnes of rice to each rural Member of Parliament,” Sibanda said.
“However, that is where my supplementary question arises. I will give an example of where I come from that is about 1280 km from Harare. You have given me 15 tonnes of rice. How do you and how does the Ministry expect me to transport that rice so that the people may benefit. You can say that but that is my question. How am I expected to transport that rice 1300 km away?“
Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Ziyambi Ziyambi responded.
“I only respond to policy question not logistical and operation questions. The policy was every rural Member of Parliament will get 15 tonnes. The logistical issues are operational, the Hon. Member can put it in writing then I can request a written answer to be availed. I thank you,” he said.