Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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

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