By Alois Vinga
ZANU PF’s Harare South MP, Tongai Mnangagwa has urged his fellow legislators to stand with their constituents with food aid as more families are now in need of aid due to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.
The ruling party politician made the plea this week while donating mealie meal in Harare South.
“I urge other legislators to try their best and assist vulnerable families during these difficult times,” he said.
“I have launched a programme to donate mealie meal in my constituency after realising that most people in Harare South used to survive on vending which has since been restricted by the current lockdown.
“So once a week, I am donating a 10kg bag of maize meal to 1 000 households per each to supplement their families and I hope to increase the quantities and other grocery varieties going forward,” he said.
Mnangagwa said that the donations were not being distributed along partisan lines since the Covid-19 pandemic was a national crisis affecting every Zimbabwean.
One of the programme’s beneficiaries who identified herself as Gogo Mupepeti expressed gratitude over the donation.
“We are happy with the programme which has seen us receiving this maize meal during these difficult times of Covid19 pandemic,” she said.
Mnangagwa also said that he is assisting women in his constituency to get access to bank loans through the Women’s Bank.
However, opposition MPs have been arrested for distributing food hampers to vulnerable members in their communities.
Recently MDC Alliance MP for Mutasa South, Regai Tsunga was arrested by police in Palmerstone, Mutare while distributing maize meal to desperate residents in his constituency.
He was taken to Mutare Central Police Station where he paid a $500 fine for contravening Statutory Instrument 83 of 2020, which prohibits unnecessary movement during the national lockdown.