By Tatenda Mujeyi
Government received a US$150K Cyclone Idai relief fund following a African Union sanctioned visit by the Ambassador of Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary affairs to the Republic of South Sudan and Joseph Maada Soyei Humanitarian Affairs Division in the African Union.
The delegation which toured the Jopa and Copa areas before engagement in a humanitarian visit to the Tongogara Refugee camp donated US$150 000 to Zimbabwe for which is expected to be rolled out for humanitarian projects in the Cyclone Idai projects.
“To cap it all we were given a cash donation of hundred and fifty thousand American Dollars which will be channeled to humanitarian livelihood projects in the Cyclone Idai affected areas.” Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service Labor and Social Welfare Simon Masanga said.
The donation is expected to bolster the development that is happening in both areas as Government through Partnership with the South African Army had availed housing on higher ground, reconstructed roads among other reconstruction projects in Cyclone Idai affected areas while sustainability projects at Tongogara Refugee Camp had availed opportunities for habitants.
Speaking during a press briefing government emphasised commitment to the development of disaster mitigation and response strategies.
“When Cyclone Idai hit this country we were not prepared for that. But as a country working with the local government civil protection unit and development partners we are working on a disaster response system for the country. ”The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service Labor and Social Welfare emphasised.
The visiting delegation debunked the negative perceptions that had been continually ushered on social media about Zimbabwe and progress in the cyclone Idai recovery project.