CHIREDZI – Some beneficiaries of the World Food Programme (WFP) funded vouchers in Chiredzi have accused the organisation’s enumerators conducting a verification programme of invading their privacy.
The US$12 vouchers per month are given to the vulnerable and over 100 000 people are receiving them throughout the country. Enumerators this week visited the families checking on furniture and the toilets to see if they are really struggling people.
Several beneficiaries who contacted The Mirror complained that the enumerators were getting into their rooms to check on the standards of living. Many live in one-room apartments and this meant enumerators went into bedrooms, said one beneficiary who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Some beneficiaries accused enumerators of taking pictures of the inside of their rooms.
“If they want to help us why don’t they just do so without getting into our private space. I am against the idea of them checking to see how I live.
“Can you imagine a male enumerator coming into my one room apartment and going through my bedroom?” she asked.
WFP responded to The Mirror through a statement and said enumerators were just supposed to observe the toilet and furniture of the household and interviews were to be conducted outside the house.
Chiredzi District Social Welfare Officer Admire Emmanuel said it was wrong for enumerators to go inside people’s houses.
The program which is run by Plan International Zimbabwe for WFP started in August 2020.
“The United Nations, WFP and its partners clearly instruct enumerators to conduct interviews outdoors in line with Covid19 prevention measures and prior agreement of the respondent. Enumerators observe the toilet and furniture of the household,” reads the statement.
Plan Communication specialist Sibusisiwe Ndhlovu said enumerators are usually accompanied by Government, council and DDC representatives and they are not required to take pictures.
Plan warned beneficiaries of people who may come to their houses purporting to be the organisation’s officials.