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Storm delays Harare donation

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Hurricane Sandy, which hit the United States last month, has delayed the shipment of a fire engine donated to the Harare City Council by New York-based businessman Peter Lobels.

REPORT BY MOSES MATENGA STAFF REPORTER

Lobels had promised to donate a fire engine and a water bowser to the local authority, but the storm that devastated some parts of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States affected his plans.

Harare mayor Muchadeyi Masunda told a full council meeting that Lobels was prioritising getting his business running again, but hoped the situation would be back to normal.

“His bakery-cum-confectionery business in New York got flooded,” Masunda said.

“As a result, he has to channel material and financial resources towards resuscitating his business before he can think of helping us.

“It’s all a question of priorities. The situation should be back to normal within six months, I hope.

“Lobels is in the process of securing a water bowser and another fire engine, but unfortunately his plans were affected by Hurricane Sandy and will have to wait for a while.”

Lobels is a descendant of the Lobels family popular in the country for its Lobels Bread brand and a close friend to the late former army commander Solomon Mujuru.

Last year Lobels donated two Volvo fire engines in memory of Mujuru who died in a fire in August last year.

The fire engines were received by Vice-President Joice Mujuru on behalf of the city council.

Hurricane Sandy brought life-threatening flooding in New York and other areas in America leaving a trail of destruction and damage running into billions of dollars.

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