The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Tues­day, April 21, 1992 — A Cabi­net Min­is­ter yes­ter­day in­structed au­thor­i­ties at the Na­tional Rail­ways of Zim­babwe in Bu­l­awayo to give pri­or­ity to wag­ons car­ry­ing maize at all its shunt­ing yards through­out the coun­try to avoid de­lays in maize distribution to the Grain Mar­ket­ing Board de­pots and then to millers.

Dur­ing what he de­scribed as a de­con­ges­tion ex­er­cise at the Mpopoma mar­shal­ing yards here, the Min­is­ter of Labour, Man­power Plan­ning and So­cial Wel­fare, Cde John Nkomo, said he had to in­ter­vene af­ter re­ceiv­ing re­ports that wag­ons full of maize from South Africa were tak­ing long parked at the yards be­fore be­ing shunted to the GMB de­pot in Bu­l­awayo.

“The NRZ is un­der stand­ing or­ders that as soon as maize arrives the wag­ons should be shunted to GMB with­out de­lay. There is no need for wag­ons to stay for hours or days be­fore they are hauled to the GMB,” said Cde Nkomo dur­ing an in­spec­tion tour of the NRZ’s Mpopoma mar­shal­ing yards, the GMB and the three milling com­pa­nies in Bu­l­awayo, su­per­vis­ing the move­ment of maize, grind­ing and delivery of mealiemeal to shops.

“There is no con­ges­tion now. Maize is com­ing on a daily ba­sis and lor­ries are busy tak­ing the maize to millers for grind­ing,” he said.

Be­tween Sat­ur­day and Mon­day, 69 wag­ons full of maize and rice ar­rived at the GMB de­pot in Bu­l­awayo and more maize was ex­pected today.

“Gov­ern­ment is de­ter­mined to cor­rect this whole sit­u­a­tion. That is why I am here co­or­di­nat­ing the quick move­ment of maize to the millers and mealiemeal de­liv­er­ies to the con­sumers,” said Cde Nkomo.

Au­thor­i­ties at two lead­ing milling com­pa­nies here told the min­is­ter, Cde Nkomo, dur­ing his tour that they were happy with the maize al­lo­ca­tion which they said was now com­ing in con­stant sup­plies. Mean­while, de­spite the im­prove­ment in maize al­lo­ca­tion to millers, long queues are still the or­der of the day in most of Bu­l­awayo’s high den­sity sub­urbs.

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