Chimanimani- Movement for Democratic Change President Nelson Chamisa paid a visit to areas affected by cyclone idai in Manicaland province to make an assessment as well as donate goods to affected families.
Addressing members of the media Chamisa said there was need to revamp and equip the Civil Protection Unit (CPU) as it was under resourced.
“We need to revamp and equip the civil protection unit as it is under resourced, We (MDC) have already done enough to mobilise resources for survivors and will do more beyond this” said Chamisa
He also took a swipe at President Emmerson Mnangagwa saying he was not supposed to have gone to Dubai since the country was warned of the cyclone.
“He (President Mnangagwa) is getting in the wrong way. In crisis of this magnitude you cannot afford to travel. He should have been here to provide leadership, motivation and inspiration to the people. Why would he cut short a journey that was already short.” he said
Responding to a question that the country was ill prepared for the disaster Chamisa said the country was not caught unaware but was ill prepared.
“The country was not caught unaware, we were aware but we were caught ill prepared, ill equipped but because we are not good at thinking at things that save lives we will be in this situation. We are good at things that give us power” Chamisa said
Chamisa visited Nyanyadzi and Chipinge were he also appealed for more donations to the victims of Cyclone Idai which also affected Mozambique and Malawi.
So far a total of 89 people have been confirmed dead with the number set to increase as more people are still missing.
Survivors are appealing for food, clothes and blankets.
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