Com­mand Agri­cul­ture abusers must be jailed

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

EDI­TOR — For this coun­try to re­gain its for­mer eco­nomic glory, there is need for a mind­set change which needs to be ef­fected.

I learnt with re­gret that peo­ple are al­ready find­ing ways to un­duly ben­e­fit from the Com­mand Agri­cul­ture Scheme dur­ing these early days. This should come as a sign to the au­thor­i­ties that a spirit of na­tional own­er­ship needs to be cul­ti­vated into the peo­ple so that they do not sab­o­tage or seek to gain clan­des­tinely from projects meant to aid the whole coun­try.

Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa gave me hope when he said way­ward in­di­vid­u­als who are abus­ing Com­mand Agri­cul­ture in­puts will be brought to book. The sooner the leak­age is plugged, the more suc­cess­ful the pro­gramme will be­come. This re­al­i­sa­tion that there are loop­holes of abuse in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the scheme should be rea­son for a change in modal­i­ties in­volved in the whole process, es­pe­cially around dis­burse­ment and dis­tri­bu­tion.

One won­ders how self­ish peo­ple can be? The Gov­ern­ment is work­ing flat out to se­cure food for cit­i­zens af­ter the El Nino in­duced drought and some­one has the au­dac­ity to mis­di­rect the same re­sources.

A name and shame ap­proach should be taken by the me­dia in ex­pos­ing is­sues of this na­ture. These peo­ple should be black­listed and barred from get­ting close to sim­i­lar po­si­tions in their lives.

On con­cerns that lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenges may ham­per the suc­cess of com­mand agri­cul­ture, the Min­istry of Trans­port should chip in and as­sist.

The time is now for co­or­di­nated ef­forts be­tween Min­istries to en­sure that the re­quired in­puts get to farm­ers within the time that al­lows them to put the in­puts to pro­duc­tive use.

I also would like to com­mend Vice Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa for con­stantly speak­ing out against cor­rup­tion, we need more lead­ers to speak against the rot so that our coun­try re­gains the bread­bas­ket of South­ern Africa sta­tus. Jane Gava, Souther­ton

VP Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa

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