The government, through the Department of Civil Protection, which falls under the Ministry of Local Government, requested a detailed report on foodstuffs donated towards Cyclone Idai relief from the Manicaland Provincial Development Coordinator’s office.
This follows reports that several food items donated to the survivors of the destructive cyclone were rotting while some had expired while being stored at Charter Hall and Nyahode District Union warehouses in Chimanimani.
Department of Civil Protection director Nathan Nkomo confirmed that they are waiting for detailed reports from the province (Manicaland) and district (Chimanimani). He said:
We are waiting for a fully detailed report from the district and the administrator (Mr Edgars Seenza) will also give us more information.
We have decentralised structures up to the provincial and district level.
The provincial administrator must give us the inside story and we are waiting for a detailed report from Manicaland.
Among the food items that have reportedly gone bad is 30 tonnes of mealie meal, 1 850kg of corn soya blend, 1 150kg of plain flour, 500 x6 packets sugar beans and 1000kg of Maheu Instant.