Chamisa to tour cyclone-ravaged areas

BY BLESSED MHLANGA/KENNETH NYANGANI

OPPOSITION MDC leader Nelson Chamisa is reportedly planning to visit the Cyclone Idai-ravaged Manicaland province this week for a first-hand assessment of the disaster and appreciate the needs of the affected families.

“The president is praying for the people in Manicaland and his team is preparing for him to visit affected areas, while through party organs we are also co-ordinating efforts to give a helping hand. We are well aware that this has nothing to do with politics, but the people of Zimbabwe,” said an MDC insider.
Chamisa, through his spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda, expressed empathy and called on well-wishers to assist the families.

“The State has an obligation to support citizens in need. Let us mobilise everything necessary to ensure the safety and comfort of citizens. The latest tragedy is an important reminder of the necessity of the State’s disaster preparedness … Lives have been lost. We empathise with all who have suffered from the natural catastrophe. We appeal to all well-wishers to support our people in need,” he said.

MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume called out President Mnangagwa, saying his trip to the United Arab Emirites (UAE) was irresponsible and showed his lack of care for the ordinary people.

“Doctors are struggling to assist patients with absolutely no support from government. A cyclone is wreaking havoc in the eastern parts of the country. Old problems such as fuel shortages persist, yet Mnangagwa flies out once more. The MDC condemns this kind of behaviour; such opulence of travelling in luxury on the back of taxpayers in the face of crisis and poverty is a clear sign of showing no respect and care for the citizen,” he said in a statement.

Mafume joined hundreds of citizens on social media, who said Mnangagwa should not have flown to the UAE, especially given that the country was aware of the cyclone before he left.

“What kind of person leaves behind dying children, sinking homes, washed away bridges and goes on a dish-sampling mission in the Middle East?”

But Information ministry secretary Ndabaningi Mangwana disputed the opposition claims, saying Mnangagwa’s trip was not a vacation, but critical engagement that would bring lots of benefits to the country.

“The President is not on some working exotic holiday. The purpose of his journey is for the benefit of this country. He has deployed resources to deal with the disaster from the cyclone, unless you wanted him to personally drive the choppers. His presence here would not stop the rains,” Mangwana said.

Civil Society groups rapped the Civil Protection Unit (CPU) for being ill-prepared for the disaster although it had received prior warnings from the Meteorogical Services Department.

Human rights activist Farai Maguwu said the government should have evacuated people living in high risk areas prior to the disaster.

“There was a warning by the Meteorological Services Department days before this devastating cyclone. There was no single disaster preparedness to save the lives of the people. They did not care and the government could have equipped the Civil Protection Unit,” he said.

Meanwhile, several organisations, among them Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) and Econet have started mobilising donations for the cyclone victims.

AMH are publishers of NewsDay, The Standard, Zimbabwe Independent, Southern Eye and also proprietors of online radio and television station, Heart&Soul.

7 Comments

  1. Chamisa Nelson praying? for who? Why can’t he pray for himself so that our Lord GOD give him wisdom to understand that inviting and instigating for satanic, diabolic, ruinous,deleterious, punitive, spiteful,racist economic sanctions imposed against our Motherland are inimical to our human rights, wellbeing and development.

    Vanhu musatamba nekunamata mhani? These are simply double standards…. A hard hearted scoundrel leader of the MDC Alliance Nelson Chamisa claims to be praying for his fellow citizens so that they would vote for him come 2023, yet, he surreptitiously economically sanctioning them…….

    That double speaking of the highest order.

  2. very irresponsible statement by jacob mafema lets focus on problem at hand and there was no way the president could have prophecized a cyclone of this magnitude even the voiceforus guys like makandiwa and magaya are mum on this one

  3. too late mr jecha you will not be allowed access into those affected zones if reports coming out are anything to go by as the rescuers are no longer allowing a flow of vehicles into these now restricted areas, which they claim are disrupting operations hence if you have any donations just hand them over to any nearest zanupf office they know how to get it to chimanimani and other areas

  4. i am actually frustrated and angered by the diabolic silences from the so called human rights groups!. they can be on a standby to finance and motivate anarchy but cant donate a cent for a true cause? a natural disaster of all the things!! These NGO monies should be blood monies. i am beginning to wonder. Its a shame. And those who boast to have well oiled partners couldnt manage to get a little and present as a party!! we dont have an opposition here. Wotonzwa mbovora dzinenge vana Jonathan Moyo backing relentlessly (kuvukura) to Strive and Team. The only corporate to take the inititive!!! Jonso tikwanire mbwa yemunhu. Haisi ndava kusupporta ED. Newe waitombodawo zvakangorambawo hazvo.

  5. There was ample time for government to evacuate those in low lying areas because the International media even gave a warning well in time. Helicopters could have been used beforehand to shout messages of evacuation from the sky and guess what, such information spreads like wild fire and pple could have responded accordingly. That could have saved all this loss of life. Now we are grand standing kuti tiri ku gadzira ma roads aka damagwa blah blah. Ah nyika yedu inoda kudzikinurwa kubva Mudambudziko risikupera. Izvozvi uchanznwa kuti kwakatobiwa mari zhinji dzichinzi dzakaenda ku cyclone Idai. I can bet this with my stomach.

  6. THE PRESIDENT ED MUNANGANGWA IS A COWERED HE IS PAYING 25M FOR A JET AND HE BEING AWARE THAT A CYCLONE WILL HIT ZIM FROM CHINA IN 19HOURS MANN I DONT UNDERSTAND THIS NIGGAZ SUPPORTING ZANU PF IS THEY ARE REALLY NOT MENTALLY DISTURBED THEN THEY NEED PRAYERS THIS GUYS ARE EVIL ESPECIALLY THE SUPPORTERS THEY JUST DEVILS INCARNATES IN ZIM IF WE DO NOT MAKE IT POLITICAL THEN WE LYING TO ARE SELF’S BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS POLITICS A BEING A LEADER IS NOT A GAME BUT GOOD POLITICAL SKILLS WHICH CAN SAVE YOUR PEOPLE ED IS A BAD POLITICIAN HE IS ALWAYS FAILING

  7. Farai Johnson Nhire

    This obsebssion of blaming Ed for anything and everything is just a futile political gimic. Mnangagwa does not create cyclones or any other disaster for that mater. These disasters will come wether we like it or not and they and worse ones happen all over the world every now and then. In other regions, there are more divastating typhoons and hurricanes and can neither be blamed on George Bush, Barak Obama or Donald Trump. I am hapy though that Abu Dabhi where the president had gone is also contributing a lot towards relief efforts. It remains to be seen how much the mafumes and the chamisas of this world will contribute compared to how much they are sponsered with by some ngos to cause anarch in Zimbabwe.

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