Outcry over Pfumvudza inputs

By Chenjerai Gumbeze


CHEGUTU – KAGUVI Phase 4 residents, in Ward 12, which is represented by Councillor Revai Mahano are
disgruntled after only 200 out of the 1 029 people on the Pfumvudza beneficiaries list received 2kg of
maize seeds each.
The Agritex officer Marumahoko had a very difficult task explaining to the beneficiaries what actually
went wrong after they brought insufficient inputs.
The beneficiaries had more questions than answers. There was also a problem of double allocation as
some families had more than one member collecting inputs while other families got nothing.
Marumahoko said the inputs were designated for Forit residents but was diverted to Phase 4 because of
some reasons.
”This share was supposed to be distributed to Forit residents but we diverted it here because of some
reasons which are confidential to our offices. So only 200 beneficiaries on the list out of the whole lot of
1029 beneficiaries will benefit today. Phase 4 inputs are on the way, which will see everyone on the list
benefitting,” said Marumahoko much to the disgruntlement of the residents.
Those who benefitted thanked the Government for caring for the people.
”Even though the planting period is at an advanced stage, I thank the Government for fulfilling it’s
promise of distributing farming inputs to urban dwellers. I think when Phase 4 inputs come, we will also
be receiving fertilizers,” said Spiwe Sinobolo.
However, those who did not get their share blasted the Grain Marketing Board and Agritex officials
alleging that there was corruption.
”Tinozviziva kuti pane zvamurikuita kumahofisi enyu ikoko, manje vamwe vachasungwa. How come you
divert inputs intended for other people to other people, you have a case to answer,” complained
Precious Mwanza.
Last year everyone who was on the beneficiaries’ list got their share of 50kg Compound D fertilizer, 5kg
Ammonium Nitrate fertilizer and 5kg soya bean seed.
Marumahoko emphasised to the beneficiaries that a 2kg maize seed was enough for a single plot.

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