Govt to feed 20 000 in Mat South

via Govt to feed 20 000 in Mat South | The Herald November 5, 2015

More than 20 000 Matabeleland South households are set to receive maize under the ongoing drought relief targeting families in all the country’s 10 provinces.

Matabeleland South provincial administrator Mr Midard Khumalo said so far 616,8 tonnes of grain have been delivered to all the seven districts in the province.

Government is importing the grain for distribution in its own non-commercial programme, following President Mugabe’s pledge that no one will die from hunger.

At least 20 335 households that include the elderly, the disabled, the chronically ill and child-headed families in Matabeleland South are set to benefit from the programme.

Mr Khumalo said each household would receive at least a 50kg bag of maize every month. He said there was need to increase the distribution.

“The drought relief process is ongoing as 616,8 tonnes have reached the provinces so far. We have made a good start but most of the grain is still at the depots and it has not reached the beneficiaries,” said Mr Khumalo.

“There is a great challenge in transporting the grain from depots to districts but some stakeholders are assisting in this process.”

He said in Gwanda, 3 211 households were expected to benefit while 1 896 would get assistance in Beitbridge.

A total of 2 654 would benefit in Insiza; 5 001 in Umzingwane; 2 500 in Matobo; 4 256 in Bulilima and 817 in Mangwe.

Mr Khumalo said the grain distribution would go a long way in alleviating food challenges faced by districts that recorded poor harvests because of drought.

Chief Bango from Mangwe District said vulnerable people in his community had started receiving grain, but indicated that more was needed as some people may be left out.

“It is a relief that the Government has started addressing food challenges being faced by people. However, it appears that the intervention measures might be inadequate as a lot of people are struggling to access food,” he said.

“About 62 households in my area received the grain and it appears that most people will not be reached. My area has over 1 000 households and if half are incorporated in the programme then that could make a huge difference.”

Chief Bango said food shortages were disrupting lessons in schools as some pupils failed to attend classes due to hunger.

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    Govt to feed 20 000 in Mat South// HAVE THESE PEOPLE BEEN EATING MBANJE SOUP AGAIN// THIS FOOD IS DONATED //ONLY AFTER THEY HAVE HAD THEIR FILL WILL THE BALANCE BE DISTRIBUTED (if there is any)TO MAT SOUTH//

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    One family for every Gukurandi family and justice is finally done.(although they reduced the statistics by half , the rest of the food will be distributed by amai at rallys) By the way 50kg for every family ? Some families are 3 or more times bigger than others but like I said, they are good in statitics and all is good. But does eating only pure sadza just prolong the piont of death? Or is this a new tactic this time around, so that nobody can point fingers afterwards.

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    Mugarbage 6 years ago

    Great ZANU act of humanity, we will see the Matabele vote correctly next election.

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    is ZANU the only party in Zim that can do so for us the Ndebele? How can one mention that ”we will vote well in the next elections”? We cant vote in for your party man. We nid change and immediate change. How were you going to feel if your parents and friends were slaughtered like goats?

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    Exactly! The government will feed NO ONE, it will the Dreaded West and the Hated Whites that do it

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    Zambuko 6 years ago

    Grace.

    Robert?

    Do we only have 20,000 party members in Matabeleland South?

    Drop in the ocean dear.