Over 2 000 villagers in Gororo communal lands in Chivi South have been thrown a lifeline after First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe donated maize-meal and clothes to ease crippling food shortages caused by the prevailing El Nino-induced drought.
Each of the 2 000 villagers received a 10kg pocket of mealie-meal while school children from five primary schools were given shoes, tracksuits and jerseys.
Among those who received the clothes handed over by zanu-PF Masvingo provincial secretary for finance, Cde Killer Zivhu, who is also Chivi Rural District Council chair are orphans and the elderly.
Cde Zivhu collected the mealie-meal and clothes from State House on Tuesday.
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Schoolchildren who received clothes and shoes were drawn from Gororo, Zunga, Simudzirai, Tokwe and Mawiro primary schools in Chivi South.
The clothes and shoes were handed over to headmasters of the five respective schools.
Speaking at the handover of the clothes and mealie-meal at his homestead in Chivi South, Cde Zivhu paid tribute to the First Family for continuing to support vulnerable Zimbabweans in times of extreme hardship.
Cde Zivhu said the clothes and mealie-meal would go a long way in easing hunger among villagers.
He urged the people of Chivi to remain solidly behind President Mugabe because of his love for the people.
“What the First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe has done to the people of Chivi today shows that the First Family is always thinking about how to make the lives of ordinary people better especially during times like this when most parts of the country are bearing the brunt of one of the worst droughts in living memory,’’ he said.
“What the First Lady has done for the people of Chivi today means that we should continue to rally behind President Mugabe in the next 2018 elections.
“There is no other alternative, President Mugabe is our candidate and we should all continue to support him because he loves his people,’’ she said.
Cde Zivhu dismissed other opposition parties, including the newly formed Zimbabwe People First fronted by ex-Vice President Dr Joice Mujuru, as political pawns.
“There are even other newly formed political parties like the so-called People First but I am sure you heard what President Mugabe said about such parties. The President said parties like People First would just fracture into different formations just like what hit the MDC, these parties will never cause headaches to zanu-PF and our President who we are going to vote for again in 2018,” said Cde Zivhu.
He challenged villagers in the drought-hit Chivi to be innovative and adopt water harvesting techniques so that they could harness water for irrigation to ensure reliable food supplies in the wake of changing global weather patterns because of climate change.
Chivi villagers were also supposed to offer free labour in the construction of small reservoirs for storing water to irrigate gardens in line with village Zim-Asset which is being spearheaded by the district.
District Administrator for Chivi Mr Bernard Hadzirabwi hailed First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe for donating mealie-meal and clothes saying the food situation in the district remained precarious.
Mr Hadzirabwi said the food donated by the First Lady would augment supplies from the Social Welfare Department and non-governmental organisations.
Last week Cde Zivhu donated 10kg bags of mealie-meal to 1 000 families in the Shindi area of Chivi.