Macheso donates to Cyclone victims
…EHMA pledges to rebuild Charles Lwanga Mission
SUNGURA ace Alick Macheso broke down last Friday as he handed over goods worth $15000 to victims of Cyclone Idai in Manicaland.
The Orchestra Mberikwazvo boss who sourced clothes, blankets and groceries from emerging housing and real estate firm, Enhanced Mortgaging and Housing Africa, was at a loss for words as victims narrated their horrific ordeals on how they survived during the storm which claimed many lives.
“It’s sad that I have travelled to Manicaland at a time when people are mourning their beloved ones who died during the storm which started on the 15th of March when many people were sleeping.
“From what I have gathered here, I have realised its high time we unite as Zimbabweans and help these victims.
“I hear that the storm has ravaged many parts of Chipinge and Chimanimani with some people yet to be accounted for since they are in areas which are not accessible due to roads which are now impassable,” said Macheso.
The veteran musician urged other corporate organisation to come on board and help the need.
“In my case, I think I have played my part by sourcing these goods from Enhanced Mortgaging and Housing Africa (EMHA) for the benefit of the victims.
“The goods might not be enough but we need to put our heads together for the benefit of the affected people.
“This is the right time to unite and shelve our differences for the benefit of victims.
“As the brand ambassador of EMHA, we are going to build classroom blocks at Charles Lwanga Mission which was closed after the violent storm.
“From what I have assessed, we need to move at a quicker pace and ensure that the victims are helped,” he added.
Meanwhile, Minister of Local Government Public Works and National Housing July Moyo, who met Macheso and his entourage, gave EMHA the green light to help victims of Cyclone Idai by constructing schools.
Minister Moyo urged EMHA to prioritise the building of schools to help displaced students.
He noted that most schools were affected in Chipinge and Chimanimani with St Charles Lwanga having been the most affected where two students died during the cyclone.
“This is a good gesture but considering the situation now I would prefer that you give priority to building schools.
“We have committees of building that includes public works who would help in schools, there are those in State roads with departments like District Development Fund (DDF).
“These would assist in building but we have schools like the Catholic school-St Charles Lwanga- where there is no dining hall.
“There is need for such services there. That school is a priority and you can go and chose what you can do. We need our children to get back to school,” said Minister Moyo during the meeting with Macheso’s handlers.
EMHA Chief Operations Director Felix Musewu who represented the company said they were ready to start building houses and classrooms to help the affected people.
“We are so happy that Minister July Moyo has given us the green light to build schools in Manicaland for free.
“We have also met the representatives from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in Manicaland who have given us the green light to build schools.
“The ball in now in our court and we are just waiting for formalities to start building classroom blocks.
“From what we have gathered here, we have discovered that there is need to help in the construction of schools since most children are affected.
“We are more than ready for the task and we have designed a special budget for this project.
“If it means that we briefly suspend other projects, we will do so because people in Manicaland have been affected,” he said.
EMHA, which is based in Harare targets low income earners where they are helping them to construct housing units.
they have started building housing units in Chitungwiza, Rusape, Harare, Guruve, Gweru and other parts of the country
EMHA has also opened branches in other African countries like Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Botswana and Zanzibar.
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