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Vol 45 No 11

Published 28th May 2004


Fast buck, slow famine

US companies help President Mugabe to finance secret food imports

President Robert Mugabe is staking his people's future on false claims of a bumper harvest. His Information Minister, Jonathan Moyo, parrots the line but fails to convince Zimbabweans. The state-owned and militarised Grain Marketing Board keeps international observers and journalists away from the almost empty grain silos. The opposition Movement for Democratic Change protests, but is ineffective. Bizarrely, two of the Mugabe government's key supporters come from the United States. Africa Confidential can reveal that Mugabe's government has secured financial backing from at least two American corporations, Sentry Financial International and Dimon Incorporated.

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