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Report on The Drought Relief Distribution Programme and The Humanitarian
Assistance (SC 7, 2006)
report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and
First Session – Sixth Parliament, Parliament of Zimbabwe
Presented to Parliament on May 31, 2006
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This report will detail the findings of the Committee on Public
Service, Labour and Social Welfare on its investigation of the Drought
Relief Distribution Programme and the Humanitarian Assistance and
at the end give recommendations on the way forward.
toured Masvingo Province and part of Matebeleland South Province
to ascertain the availability and adequacy of maize in the country’s
dry regions that are grain deficiency areas.
At all the Grain
Marketing Board (G.M.B) depots toured, there was either very little
grain or no grain at all. The rate at which grain is delivered to
the districts is erratic, as it can take as long as four to six
months before the next delivery. Maize deliveries have also been
slowed down by transport problems, because private transporters
have not been willing to move maize for the GMB because it offers
prefer to offer their services to Non-Governmental Organisations
that pay higher rates.
also found out that millers who receive subsidised maize from GMB
to mill and sell to the people as part of the Drought Relief effort
are now profiteering as they are selling maize-meal at exorbitant
prices. It was also noted that due to the difficult terrain found
in rural areas, beneficiaries were walking very long distances,
to the nearest collecting depots in places like Mwenezi and Chiredzi,
which results in them having to folk out millions of dollars on
proffers a number of recommendations in this report and hopes that
the responsible authorities will take them seriously.
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