CHIVI villagers yesterday donated about 100 tonnes of maize to villagers affected by the Tokwe-Mukosi Dam flooding who were recently forcibly removed from the Chingwizi holding camp and resettled at the Nuanetsi Ranch in Mwenezi.
The flood survivors, who are facing food shortages, are mainly from Chivi and Masvingo South and their property and livestock were destroyed by the floods following heavy rains that lashed the country in February.
Speaking at the handover of the grain at the Chivi Rural District Council offices yesterday, council chairperson Killer Zivhu said it was high time they helped their own and complemented efforts by non-governmental organisations and other well-wishers.
“People from Masvingo should help each other in times of disaster and remember their own that will be facing difficulties.
We have people from Chivi who were affected by the flooding and at the moment they would only feed themselves at the end of the coming rainy season,” Zivhu said.
“While we welcome other partners who helped them, we should play our part. If there is a disaster in our province, we should also play a role to help those affected.”
Zivhu donated five tonnes while other villagers that had a good harvest donated the remainder.
Chivi district administrator Bernard Hadzirabwi welcomed the gesture saying it would set the precedent for Masvingo residents to assist each other.