BUHERA- The Minister of Public service, Labour and Social Welfare, Paul Mavhima has donated 60 tonnes of maize mealie to four Buhera MPs for distribution to constituencies amid fears that the donation will be used for vote buying.
Minister Mavima told a disability gathering at Nerutanga in Buhera that he has allocated 15 tonnes of mealie meal to each Member of Parliament in Buhera to distribute to the vulnerable citizens including people living with disabilities.
Buhera has four constituencies namely North, West, South and Central and each MP will get 15 tonnes of mealie meal.
The Minister said government was aware that the district was hard hit by drought in the last 2021/2022 agricultural season.
“My Ministry has allocated 15 tonnes of mealie-meal to each MP in Buhera district to give to the most vulnerable,” said Mavima.
“First give the people with disabilities and then you identify other people such as the elderly who can hardly make ends meet. I urge the MPs to work with government departments and other key stakeholders to identify such people to avoid corruption” Minister Mavima said.
“Government is aware that Buhera needs assistance and we have since activated our food relief assistance schemes to help the people,” the Minister added.
Member of Parliament for Buhera Central Mathew Nyashanu told the The Mirror that his constituency and generally the whole district urgently needs food aid.
“Food aid is urgently needed, we applaud government for activating the food relief schemes which will help fight hunger and poverty,” said Nyashanu.
Buhera villagers depend on drought resistant crops in agriculture.
A Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) report released in August this year revealed that most rural communities received poor rainfall leading to poor harvest.