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The number of Zimbabweans in need of food aid after last season's drought is growing and now exceeds the updated estimate of four million, the government says.

Initial indications last year placed the number of vulnerable people at 1.5 million, a figure which was later revised to four million. The government then declared a state of disaster and appealed for international assistance to help feed the millions whose livelihoods had been put at risk by the El Nino-related drought.

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Priscah Mupfumira told the National Aseembly here Wednesday that the government was currently updating its register for people requiring food assistance while dismissing allegations of partisan food distribution.

"Because of the drought situation, there are more people who are not normally considered vulnerable who are in need of food assistance," said Mupfumira, who added that allegations of partisan distribution by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) were being investigated although there were only six cases cited out of the over 600,000 households the Ministry was

assisting.

"The government looks after the welfare of every citizen," she told the legislators.

ZHRC and Ministry officials had gone to Bikita, Buhera and Mazowe to investigate the alleged cases of discrimination during the food aid distribution process, Mupfumira said. Officials were currently on the ground in different parts of the country updating the register of people in need of aid.

As of last week, the government had more than 320,000 tons of maize and 19,000 tons of rice in stock, Mupfumira said, stressing that there were sufficient stocks to meet demand.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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