Lloyd Kasima, Chimanimani District Administrator is reported to have threatened to have Free Zim Congress leader Joseph Busha arrested for unprocedurally distributing food aid to Cyclone Idai survivors.
Busha, had donated 2000kgs of mealie meal to Chimanimani cyclone survivors without first seeking permission from the DA’s office. A 263Chat source said:
When Busha arrived, he was asked why he had handed over mealie meal without consulting the DA’s office. Busha urged that he had he had done so on humanitarian grounds and had considered that not all areas where accessible due to damaged road network.
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The DA then said if Busha had been caught in the act (of distributing the food items) he would have been arrested as he was undermining protocol. He said Busha would have been in big trouble if he had been caught.
Busha later said protocol must not be important in times of need. He said:
This is a Zanu-PF way of doing things and it scares away those who want to help. This is also an infringement of the right of movement for people as those in need should be allowed to get food assistance from whoever wants to help them.
Why should we go through protocol when we want to help, this opens up chances of politicization of relief aid,.
The biggest challenge about relief aid is there is a lot manipulation. There are people who benefit and are not supposed to benefit and officials don’t really care.
Some villagers in the cyclone affected areas claim that aid rarely reaches them.