The World Food Programme has removed Kariba Mayor George Masendu from the list of food beneficiaries following a public outcry over his inclusion.
WFP Zimbabwe country director, Francesca Erdelmann is quoted as saying they took immediate action after some media organizations highlighted the anomaly. Erdelmann said:
The World Food Programme is aware of media reports that two officials in Kariba were incorrectly included on a list of people there said to be eligible for WFP food assistance.
A prompt WFP investigation of both allegations resulted in the two officials being removed from our list. The two cases have been referred to the Ministry of Public Service and Social Welfare for further action. WFP has zero tolerance for fraud and is committed to ensuring its assistance goes to those who meet strict eligibility criteria.
Although Masendu earns ZWL2 000 per month, some believe that his inclusion was not justified also considering that there are many more people who are considered more vulnerable than Masendu.
This is sharpening when the WFP has estimated that half of the country’s population is facing severe starvation following years of drought and poor agricultural policies.
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