Chirwa to councillors: ‘Never find yourself amid food parcels’

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Chirwa to councillors: 'Never find yourself amid food parcels'
NO NONSENSE: Gert Sibande mayor Muzi Chirwa says councillors must ensure food parcels reach all communities through a list coordinated by the department of social development. PICTURE BY GSDM

Councillors should only assist the department of social development to make sure the community members receive assistance fairly.


Gert Sibande mayor Muzi Chirwa has warned all councillors in the district to never find themselves in matters involving the sourcing and distributing of food parcels.

He didn’t say what would happen to councillors who would be found in the wrong…

He said this would be a violation of an order issued by co-operative MEC Mandla Msibi “that councillors should not be involved in the distribution of food parcels”.

“Our role as councillors should be to ensure that the needy people in our communities and the wards we are responsible for are on the list that is managed by the department of social development,” he said 

“And that we monitor and make sure that that food is received by all”, the mayor said during a virtual council meeting held on 29 May 2020.

Anybody that wants to lend a hand should do so through the social development department.

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“No one must come with a different list,” he told the councillors.

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The virtual district council meeting also discussed the break-ins in public schools across the district and condemned it.

Officials were also urged to look at the matter and be involved in the preparation for schools re-opening on 8 June 2020.

Chirwa chairs the district command council formed to control the spread of the SARS-COV2 disease.

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In a statement released by spokeswoman Bongi Dube, the council asked all to report the crime currently taking place at the schools. 

“The public is encouraged to report any information they may have on these illegal activities happening in schools. 

“All government stakeholders presented their progress reports to the command council according to the different clusters and centres,” she said.

(edited by MLM)

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