Acting President Cde Kembo Mohadi has directed the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare and other related government departments to ensure that all communities in the country get grain under the drought relief programme.

Cde Kembo Mohadi

This follows reports that some school children were fainting in schools in Matabeleland North and South due to hunger.

Addressing Cowdray Park residents yesterday, the Acting President assured the nation that there is adequate grain in the country to feed everyone for the next seven months without importing any grain.

He said the strategic reserves are fully stocked and there is no need for school children to go hungry adding that supplementary feeding in schools must resume nationally with immediate effect.

“We hear that some children are fainting in schools due to hunger how can this happen when the strategic reserves are fully stocked, I want to tell the relevant government departments to give people food under the drought relief programme and also to start child supplementary feeding in schools because the food in there this must start now,” said Cde Mohadi.

Community leaders were also urged to advise government of their needs for a speedy response.

As drought takes its toll on people, school children have been the worst affected with reports of them being unable to concentrate during lessons.