Govt dismisses cyclone rip-off

Govt dismisses cyclone rip-off
Published: 23 March 2019 (153 Views)
Government and the ruling Zanu-PF have dismissed circulating reports alleging that some homeless victims of Cyclone Idai in Bikita were being ripped off through paying a daily levy for accommodation, by fellow villagers in the disaster prone district.

Bikita is one of the districts hardest hit by Idai which claimed five lives, affected more than 4 000 households and left nearly 300 families completely homeless.

There were reports that some unscrupulous people in the district were ripping off victims in Bikita by charging them a levy of $10 per night per person for accommodation. Deputy Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet (Presidential Communications) Mr George Charamba was quoted saying some of the victims were being ripped off.

However, Bikita district administrator Mr Bernard Hadzirabwi yesterday disputed the report saying investigations so far showed nothing of that sort was happening.

"We heard it on the news and we effected investigations which even included members of the Joint Operations Command here and we found nothing of that sort here. "Investigations that we have carried so far, have shown that no victim is paying for accommodation here and we even sent our officials to places where that practice was said to be happening and it turned out to be false,'' said Mr Hadzirabwi.

He said Government would not allow that to happen especially to victims of Cyclone Idai whose effects are being mitigated to make sure those affected rebuild their lives.

Mr Hadzirabwi's revelation was also corroborated by Zanu-PF national political commissar Retired Lieutenant-General Engelbert Rugeje who was speaking in Bikita on the sidelines of a donation of blankets and other materials he sourced from sons and daughters from the district. Rt Lt-Gen Rugeje, who hails from the district, blamed the social media for spreading false reports saying the people of Bikita practiced ubuntu/unhu.

"I was disturbed when I heard reports that some victims here were being ripped off because I come from Bikita and I know the people from my home area very well,'' he said.

"The people of Bikita have always upheld the tradition of being there for each other and sharing, be it in good or bad times. Report of victims being ripped off here is an act of mischief particularly on social media. I think that the source of such malicious information should account for that."

He said inquiries from traditional leaders and ordinary people on the reports had proven the allegations to be completely false.

"The people of Bikita, who are predominantly of the Duma clan have a heart, they are known for their purity and uprightness particularly on issues to do with helping each other and under no circumstances would they make life hard for each other,'' he said.

Humanitarian aid from Government, donor organisations and ordinary well-wishers has been flowing to cyclone victims in Bikita and three other districts ravaged by the disaster.

- the herald


You May Like These Videos


There are no comments.

Latest stories

'Mnangagwa to be removed in a painful way'

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 April 2019 | 45 Views

WATCH: Chiwenga attacks Mnangagwa and Masiyiwa

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 April 2019 | 38 Views

Mnangagwa must act on economic decay

by Concerned Citizen | 20 April 2019 | 54 Views

The Gukurahundi hearings

by Clemen Moyo (Mr) | 20 April 2019 | 39 Views

Chamisa is Ndebele Closest Saviour, Dear Thulani

by Multiverse Dungani | 20 April 2019 | 55 Views

'I prefer to be led by MDC' says Mliswa

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 April 2019 | 78 Views

LIVE: Temba Mliswa holds his own Independence celebration

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 April 2019 | 63 Views

Top Pastor blasts Jonathan Moyo

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 April 2019 | 69 Views

Sydney Malunga's son speaks on the economic crisis

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 April 2019 | 71 Views

HIV used to cure babies in America

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 April 2019 | 77 Views

Why Zambezi Water Project will never be achieved

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 April 2019 | 58 Views

Disgraced Australian journalist arrested in Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 20 April 2019 | 65 Views

We're not Gukurahundi activists, says Mthwakazi

by Staff reporter | 20 April 2019 | 50 Views

Woman wants maintenance until she remarries or dies

by Staff reporter | 20 April 2019 | 53 Views

Man petitions police to release car held as exhibit

by Staff reporter | 20 April 2019 | 50 Views

Cyclone Idai buried people with their belongings

by Staff reporter | 20 April 2019 | 58 Views

Rift widens in MDC Masvingo

by Staff reporter | 20 April 2019 | 51 Views

Chamisa reaches out to Mnangagwa

by Staff reporter | 20 April 2019 | 56 Views

Mnangagwa's advisors turn against Trevor Ncube

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 April 2019 | 125 Views

MDC Structures keep the dream alive, the Jewel of Africa returns

by Jacob Mafume | 20 April 2019 | 100 Views

Mnangagwa wedged between a rock and hard place

by Editorial - Daily News | 20 April 2019 | 99 Views

Chamisa demands face to face meeting with Mnangagwa

by Staff reporter | 20 April 2019 | 111 Views

PHOTOS: Bulawayo - Nkayi road construction

by Social media | 20 April 2019 | 93 Views

Credible team and sound advice ahead of Elective Congress

by A big Easter by Tinashe Eric Muzamhindo | 20 April 2019 | 80 Views

South Africa and Zimbabwe turn a blind eye

by Sipho Ndlovu | 20 April 2019 | 88 Views

If its about us let us know

by Thomas Murisa | 20 April 2019 | 71 Views

ZAA Canada announces inaugural nominees

by Staff reporter | 20 April 2019 | 80 Views

Mnangagwa scared of death via political foul play

by Itai Mushekwe | 20 April 2019 | 86 Views

VACANCY: Thomson Reuters Foundation is employing

by Mandla Ndlovu | 19 April 2019 | 165 Views

Mohadi goes to court, seeks protection against ex-wife

by Staff reporter | 19 April 2019 | 219 Views

Gukurahundi cannot be wished away: Williams

by Staff reporter | 19 April 2019 | 165 Views