President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Wednesday visited cyclone-ravaged Chimanimani District where he assured the survivors that they will not die of hunger.
Mnangagwa told the villagers that Vice President Constantino Chiwenga informed him of the disaster which prompted him to cut short his journey to the United Arab Emirates. He said:
Hatidi kunzwa kuti pane munhu afa nenzara. Ndonzwa kuti mhuri dzakaenda, mombe dzakaenda, kwava nenhamo yakakura mudzimuri.
Ndichiku UAE (United Arab Emirates), ndanzwa nyaya idzi mutungamiri weko vakafungawo kuti vangabatsira neyi, vakati vachatibatsira.
(We do not want to hear that there is someone who died of hunger. I heard that lives were lost, cattle were lost, and there is great distress in families. Whilst I was still in the UAE, having heard about the tragedy, the leader of the UAE pledged to assist us).
Shamwari dzedu sa President weku Tanzania vaMagufuli vakati shamwari tanzwa njodzi iyi tikati hongu ndokubva vatumira mishonga, zvekufuka nezvimwe…ndege hombe yakasvika nezuro kubva ku Tanzania. Mamwe mazindege makuru achasvika na 4pm kubva ku UAE.
(Our friends like President Magufuli of Tanzania yesterday sent a plane loaded with various items such as medicine, blankets….Some big planes from UAE are arriving at 4pm today.
Meanwhile, he pledged the government’s assistance in the rehabilitation of one of the schools affected by Cyclone Idai, St Charles Lwanga High School, so that learning can resume.