food handouts.jpgA call has been made to the government and non-governmental organisations to urgently provide drought relief food aid hand outs in the entire Gwanda district as most communal villagers are now facing food shortages.


The chairman of the Gwanda Rural District Council, Councillor Johnson Mangwangwa said the food situation in the district is so bad that some families in rural areas are depending on porridge made from crushed roots of the wild mutopi tree.


Councillor Mangwangwa revealed that a 50kg bag of maize meal from the Grain Marketing Board is going for US$26, including transport costs which he said many people cannot afford.


He said the worst affected areas are Dhivilashava, Wenlock and Macheche communal areas.


Councillor Mangwangwa said there is no doubt that some school children will be forced to go without food when schools re-open for the third term next month.