Men barred from food aid Ma­tobo women to col­lect hand­outs to curb aid abuse

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili

MA­TOBO Dis­trict has re­solved that women from each house­hold should be the ones col­lect­ing food relief and cash from donors to curb the abuse of the hand-outs by men.

Ma­tobo Dis­trict Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mr Robert Mzezewa said the com­mu­nity mem­bers agreed to the set-up as they be­lieve women are more re­spon­si­ble when it comes to fam­ily mat­ters.

Mr Mzezewa said non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Ox­farm, World Vi­sion, Fam­bidzanai, Da­bane Trust and Car­i­tas were sup­port­ing some fam­i­lies in the dis­trict.

He said only women have been cho­sen as the re­cip­i­ents of the relief aid.

“To pre­vent mis­use of cash or food, it has been agreed that fe­male mem­bers rep­re­sent their house­holds so that they can re­spon­si­bly utilise the money to cater for the whole fam­ily. As such fe­males are the main re­cip­i­ents of the money dur­ing cash and food dis­burse­ments,” said Mr Mzezewa.

He said men are not to­tally ex­cluded when it comes to the use of money to pre­vent do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cases.

Mr Mzezewa said the in­volve­ment of dif­fer­ent play­ers in fight­ing hunger was com­mend­able.

“The in­creased heat and unpredictable rains this sea­son cou­pled by the di­min­ish­ing pas­tures have made the sit­u­a­tion worse as both live­stock and hu­mans fight for sur­vival. To this end, it is our earnest an­tic­i­pa­tion and hope that Gov­ern­ment and its part­ners do more in their at­tempt to as­suage this state of af­fairs,” he said.

Mr Mzezewa said due to de­creas­ing pas­tures, the dis­trict, which has a pop­u­la­tion of over 68 000 cat­tle, recorded 41 cat­tle deaths.

Early this year, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe de­clared the 2015/2016 farm­ing sea­son a na­tional dis­as­ter to pave way for relief food mo­bil­i­sa­tion. — @nqot­shili.

Mabutweni res­i­dents cross the busy Khami Road to fetch wa­ter at bore­holes in Pe­land­aba sur­bub due to the cur­rent wa­ter cri­sis in Bu­l­awayo. Some cross as speed­ing ve­hi­cles ap­proach and this puts their lives at risk. — (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

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