Zambia backs out of maize 'deal' with Zim
Zimbabwe's Agricultural minister says Zambia is no longer giving the country maize on credit. Camaraderie: Presidents Michael Sata’s and Robert Mugabe’s strong ties might be about to be tested. Zambia's President Michael Sata appears to have shifted the goal posts on President Robert Mugabe by demanding cash upfront for maize imports, despite his earlier promises to deliver the grain on credit.
He said 'let's have the food in the stomachs of our people first, and when we have the food in the stomachs, then we will talk about the price', and I said 'that is a great man, he shares our affliction'," said Mugabe. Mugabe's spokesperson George Charamba was not immediately available for comment.
Economist John Robertson said Zambia might have changed its reasoning based on Zimbabwe's track record in recent years of failing to honour its debts. They don't believe that we would keep our promise to pay – that's why they need cash upfront.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Teacher/Daily Mail & GuardianSimilar Stories