President Robert Mugabe’s government is using food as a weapon ahead of Zimbabwe’s June 27 presidential run-off election, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said June 4. The accusation came a day after CARE International said the government had ordered it to suspend its operations in Zimbabwe over allegations it was backing opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s presidential campaign. It denies the charge. Other humanitarian groups have been told to stop their work for the same reasons, the government said. Meanwhile, state media disclosed that only 13 percent of the planned winter wheat crop had been planted and the cut-off date for planting to produce a successful winter harvest is usually May 10. (Reuters, IRIN)

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