Residents of Chinhoyi’s Chengetanai old people’s home have raised a red flag over a routine poor diet.

The residents believe their situation makes them sub-humans as they are also in need of different dietary requirements.

“We last tasted meat on Christmas day last year and we are fed up with dried vegetables and soya chunks,” said one inmate.

Director of Chengetanai Old People’s Home, Ms Anne Mercy Senzanje said the centre is in dire need of assistance, adding that they are left with two months’ supply of maize grain which they got under the drought relief programme.

The five workers at the old people’s home have been rendering free labour and have gone for four years without salaries, save for food handouts they get as a token of appreciation.

Chengetanai old people’s home has 19 residents, the eldest being 98 and the majority are susceptible to illnesses related to advanced age.