Min­is­ter to do­nate salary to char­ity

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THE Deputy Min­is­ter of In­dus­try and Com­merce Cde Raj Modi will do­nate his monthly salary dur­ing his ten­ure in Govern­ment to un­der­priv­i­leged peo­ple in Bu­l­awayo.

Cde Modi was the only Zanu-PF can­di­date who won in Bu­l­awayo’s 12 seats when he was elected MP for Bu­l­awayo South dur­ing the July har­monised elec­tions. In an in­ter­view, Cde Modi said the monthly do­na­tion was the least he can do for the peo­ple of Bu­l­awayo whom he cred­its for his suc­cess.

“I am a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man be­cause of the peo­ple of Bu­l­awayo. I am a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment be­cause of the peo­ple of Bu­l­awayo and I was ap­pointed Deputy Min­is­ter of In­dus­try and Com­merce be­cause I am a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment so I am a Min­is­ter be­cause of the peo­ple of Bu­l­awayo.

“While I can thank them all through words, I am com­pelled to show my grat­i­tude by help­ing the un­der-priv­i­leged in our city. There­fore I am mak­ing an un­der­tak­ing to do­nate my en­tire salary ev­ery month to the needy. I will not touch or use a cent of that money. It will go to the poor, es­pe­cially the chil­dren who I love so much. I will also give to women, or­phans, the el­derly and peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties.”

The phi­lan­thropist said his hum­ble monthly do­na­tion is an ef­fort to con­trib­ute to­wards the na­tional cause.

“The Govern­ment wants to erad­i­cate poverty. I be­lieve that the ef­fort should start at the house­hold level, at the grass­roots, go­ing up. I am in touch with the grass­roots, I know what our peo­ple want as my life­style is not far re­moved from those of the elec­torate.

“How­ever, I must hastily add that I am not go­ing to help the peo­ple of Bu­l­awayo South only but the peo­ple of Bu­l­awayo, the city. I don’t care where you are from; if I have the op­por­tu­nity to as­sist you I will as­sist you. I know what it feels like to be poor. I have the emo­tional in­tel­li­gence and the em­pa­thy that en­ables me to walk in the shoes of the un­der­priv­i­leged,” Cde Modi said.

Mean­while, Cde Modi in part­ner­ship with Smile Africa, an NGO that spe­cialises in help­ing the poor, do­nated 1 260 pack­ets of rice mixed with soya to more than 150 chil­dren at Si­do­jiwe Hos­tels in Bel­mont yes­ter­day.

“I part­nered with Smile Africa to source food for the chil­dren of Si­do­jiwe be­cause I be­lieve it is time to work as a co­he­sive unit and make a co­or­di­nated ef­fort to help the peo­ple of Bu­l­awayo, in­stead of sep­a­rate en­ti­ties mak­ing in­di­vid­ual ef­forts. Si­do­jiwe is in my con­stituency and as much as I want to help every­one who needs help I can­not do it alone. That is why I am work­ing with those who are will­ing to work with me to bring relief to our peo­ple,” he said.

Mr Al­bert Mavunga, the founder and chair­per­son of Smile Africa, said they had de­cided to work with Cde Modi be­cause he is a prom­i­nent hu­man­i­tar­ian.

“The Min­is­ter has been giv­ing to the poor for over two decades now and he has been do­ing so from his pocket. Smile Africa found it nec­es­sary to seek him out and to part­ner him be­cause we be­lieve we can do more to­gether. This do­na­tion is just the first of many that we will be do­ing to­gether,” said Mr Mavunga.

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