President Mnangagwa Mobilises Resources for Malawi Cyclone Victims
Brian Rungano Temba
HARARE – President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday mobilised resources to assist the people of Malawi who were affected by Tropical Cyclone Freddy.
The event which was attended by the private and public sector at State House saw businesses donating hordes of different items that will soon be delivered to the Warm Heart of Africa.
President Mnangagwa applauded the Civil Protection Unit (CPU) Zimbabwe, the Disaster Mitigation and Management Unit of Malawi and the SADC Humanitarian Emergency Operations Centre for the successfully collaborated responses.
“In keeping with our enduring adage of ‘an injury to one is an injury to us all’ and the philosophy of Ubuntu / Hunhu as well as the long-standing cordial relations between our countries my Government through ZimAid has already Donated 30 000 (ten kg bags of mealie meal).
“Drawing from the lessons learnt from Cyclone Idai responses, our goal is to realise the restoration of livelihoods as well as to complement the ongoing proof build and resilience adaptive capabilities among affected countries,” the President said.
Some of the companies that donated towards the resource mobilization include; CIMAS, Bolt Gas, Chicken Slice, Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company, Platinum Holdings, CAPS and Higher and Tertiary Education Institutions of Zimbabwe.
Platinum Holdings pledged to donate 500 blankets, Chicken Slice pledged food hampers.
Bolt Gas pledged 50 single-room and 50 double-room wooden cabins for tropical cyclone Freddy victims.
They will also provide transport for the resources.
The cyclone has so far claimed over 300 lives and caused extensive damage to homes and social services infrastructure.
Thousands of victims suffered injury and displacement, while the affected areas were rendered impassable.
Countries affected by Tropical Cyclone Freddy include Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar and parts of Zimbabwe.