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Mugabe not God-given, says PM

He said the way some journalists reported fanned violence in Zimbabwe. “Some newspapers quoted me saying that Mugabe is God-given but I never said that. I only said that people should pray for their leaders so that we have wisdom,” said Tsvangirai, who was reported to have made the remarks at a prayer meeting in Chitungwiza held on February 11.

Tsvangirai also addressed the issue of starvation that is stalking thousands of people in Masvingo province. He noted it was the government’s role to ensure that people did not starve.

“No one should die of hunger. We should ensure peace and there can never be peace when there is no food,” said Tsvangirai. His remarks come amid reports that most villagers are facing massive food shortages as a result of erratic rains which saw most crops wilting last month.

Their predicament has been worsened by a ban on 29 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) imposed by Masvingo provincial governor Titus Maluleke.
Maluleke banned the organisations from operating in the province saying they had failed to register with his office.

It is estimated that more than 1,4 million people are receiving food aid from charitable organisations countrywide. Masvingo, Manicaland, Matabeleland South and North are the most affected provinces.

— By Tatenda Chitagu

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