Food security key priority for government: Zim President

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Takudzwa Chihambakwe

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday said his government will ensure food security for all citizens in the face of one of the worst droughts to affect the country in a decade. 

He was hosting a reception for Ambassadors from different countries accredited to Zimbabwe at State House on Thursday afternoon. 

“Our immediate priority is to guarantee food security by ensuring that all vulnerable households throughout the country have food. Our people are assured that there shall be no politicisation of food distribution. We also thank all of you who are contributing to our efforts as Government to fight the current effects of the drought,” said President Mnangagwa. 

He called on the diplomatic community to assist the Government in reducing livestock deaths in drought stricken areas. 

“We are also aware of the impact of the drought on livestock especially in the Southern parts of the country. We are working hard as the government to mitigate that situation. We will be counting on your usual generous support to augment the efforts of Government in addressing this matter.”

The President also called on diplomats and Zimbabweans to be patient as the Government addresses political and economic reforms. 

“It is our desire that both our political and economic reforms are in tandem. However, this is not always the situation. You will appreciate that the three arms of state operate with different calendars and at their own pace. 

“My Government has set out a legislative agenda that will see the completion of the alignment of our legislation to the constitution this year,” he said.