Govt Donates Impounded Goods to Flood Victims

Thomas Chiripasi

HARARE — The government on Thursday assisted Tokwe Mukosi flood victims with clothing and food items as the affected families continue to live in squalid conditions several weeks after the disaster.

Officiating at the donation ceremony in Harare, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said the government decided to donate food and clothing confiscated by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority from citizens who were trying to evade import duty.

Chinamasa said some of the goods were forfeited to the state after importers failed to raise import duty. Instead of keeping the goods at ZIMRA warehouses, the finance minister said the government decided the goods would make a difference in the lives of the affected Tokwe Mukosi flood victims.

Mwenezi legislator Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, who received the goods on behalf of the affected families, welcomed the donation saying it will go a long way in uplifting the lives and spirits of the flood victims.

Bhasikiti, who also sits in a committee set up by the government to mobilize assistance for the flood victims, said the donation will reach the intended beneficiaries, adding a proper inventory would be compiled.

Reports say several children affected by the floods are not going to school either because the makeshift schools set up by government are too far for them to attend or due to the fact that they are not feeling well due to an outbreak of waterborne diseases.