THE Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare’s newly initiated distribution of maize in the metropolitan provinces of Bulawayo and Harare is good news. In the past, it has been assumed that only the rural poor are in need of food aid yet drought is not selective and unemployment means urban dwellers are just as vulnerable. — Tafadzwa Hungwe.
IT is sad that accidents continue to be routinely recorded as if they are now the normal course of things. Reports that we lost 13 people and 67 were injured in 101 road traffic accidents over the Heroes’ Day and Defence Forces Day holidays are disheartening. We cannot have consistent figures of victims year after year as if we are not learning from what has already gone wrong. For example, it is claimed that kombi drivers bribe traffic police in the morning for permission to break traffic rules all day long. — Chrispen.
I HOPE the proposed Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act brings about greater transparency in the awarding of tenders and cuts down the drudgery of bureaucracy. We need to improve the ease of doing business in Zimbabwe and this has sometimes been impeded by the State Procurement Board sitting over paperwork for too long. I hope the bill sails through and does away with corruption and red tape. — Tim Nhongo, Bulawayo. MANY thanks to the International Islamic Relief Organisation of Saudi Arabia for donating foodstuffs, including rice, sugar, salt, cooking oil and maize meal, worth more than $60 000 to 5 000 households to Nharira villagers and our First Lady Cde Grace Mugabe for facilitating the donation. Hopefully, our leadership’s friendship with Zimbabwe-loving philanthropists continues to bring such wonderful returns. — Miriam, Harare.
Cde Grace Mugabe