By Leopold Munhende
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa will soon head for Mozambique’s Dombwe area to thank villagers who collected and buried bodies of some Zimbabweans who were washed away by furious floods when Cyclone Idai hit parts of Manicaland last month.
This was revealed Tuesday by Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa at a post-cabinet media briefing in Harare.
“Arrangements are currently underway for His Excellency, the President to visit Dombwe in Mozambique where our people were buried.
“This trip is being made so that at least His Excellency can go and thank the Mozambicans for according dignity to our departed brothers and sisters,” said Mutsvangwa.
The Minister said President Mnangagwa will take the opportunity to commiserate with the Mozambicans who were worst affected by the hostile weather phenomenon and have just been hit by Cyclone Kenneth.
Local Government Minister July Moyo early this month told the media that some 82 bodies of Zimbabwean victims had been buried in Mozambique at the time.
This came amid reports that some 300 bodies victims believed to be those of Zimbabweans were seen floating in Mozambican rivers following a disaster which ripped through parts of Manicaland, causing untold damage to the environment and infrastructure.
In Zimbabwe, Chimanimani and Chipinge bore the brunt of the cyclone which claimed over 1 000 lives in Southern Africa.
During his intended visit, Mnangagwa is expected to offer assistance to Mozambique which is currently reeling from the effects of another disaster, Cyclone Kenneth which has hit its northern.
“His Excellency, the President shall on behalf of government and the people of Zimbabwe commiserate with the people of Mozambique who were worse affected by the Cyclone Idai disaster than ourselves through the provision of some relief assistance,” Minister Mutsvangwa said.
Before leaving for Mozambique, the president will meet 12 chiefs from the Chimanimani and Chipinge areas to come up with an early recovery plan at Chief Mutema’s homestead in Ngahoni, Chimanimani.
Cabinet ministers on the other hand are also raising RTGS$1,000 towards relief of those affected by the cyclone in Manicaland.