Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:36 pm on 7th January 2003.

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Photo of Lord Avebury Lord Avebury Liberal Democrat 3:36 pm, 7th January 2003

My Lords, did the Minister notice the comments made by Comrade Jabulani Sibanda, the regional chairman of ZANU-PF in Bulawayo, on the need for greater transparency in maize distribution? The Sunday Times reported his allegation that maize was,

"used by the 'big fish' to spin money".

In other words, the proceeds are being diverted into the pockets of senior politicians. Although I applaud the Government's response to the humanitarian crisis in southern Africa, is the noble Baroness satisfied that there is sufficiently rigorous independent auditing of the distribution of food and sufficient reporting of the alleged illegal diversion and profiteering that is taking place?