Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Reporter
Chief Seke on Tuesday launched the Zunde RaMambo project in his area, a development that is expected to alleviate hunger in the rural community in line with Government’s economic blueprint, Zim-Asset.
The project was launched at the chief’s homestead in Dema, where several village heads and their subjects gathered.
They put a 1,1 hectare piece of land under maize with the assistance of stakeholders.
Chief Seke, Mr Stanley Chimanikire, said the project would benefit the poor in the community. He said the idea was to come up with a community granary to cater for the less fortunate and those affected by drought in the community in line with the Food and Nutrition cluster of Zim-Asset.
“Our intention is to come up with food reserves for the community to avoid starvation.
“It is in line with the Food and Nutrition cluster of Zim-Asset and we are simply playing our part as Seke community.
“We have 21 wards with at least 110 000 people. Our people must not starve,” he said.
Chief Seke said the launch of the programme should result in each village having its own common field managed by respective headmen.
“This must cascade to all villages under Chief Seke and each village should have its own food reserves. If need arises, the headmen will come to me for authority to release food to those in need,” said Chief Seke.
He said the concept of Zunde RaMambo has always been there but most communities had not been practising it.
The District Development Fund provided tractors and fuel for tillage and Member of the National Assembly for Seke Cde Phineas Chihota donated food consumed at the gathering and five bags of fertiliser.
Manyame Rural District Council donated 42kg of maize seed while other villagers and Arex assisted with 35kg of seed.
Manyame Rural District council’s social services, administration and human resources officer Mr Stephen Chimbindi, who attended the function hailed the idea saying council was behind it.
“It is a homegrown method to look after the vulnerable and I hope it will cascade down to village level.”