Victims of the violence and looting that rocked the country in recent weeks across the country stand to get a measure of relief from a government initiative to help them re-stock and get over a state of mental anguish caused by the disturbances.
A sub unit of the Inter-Ministerial Committee set up by the government to assess the extent of damage to property during recent violent protests disguised as a stay away, visited individual business enterprises in Mashonaland West Province, seeking to determine the quantum of looted merchandise and the value of property destroyed by the hooligans behind the disturbances.
In the province, the committee was represented by the Minister of State in Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s office, Cde Evelyn Ndlovu, whose fact finding mission took her to Chinhoyi, Kadoma and White Cliff’s Webcon garage in Zvimba east.
The worst affected businesses in Chinhoyi; Gadzema and Pfungwa Dzakanaka shopping centres, where the hooligans looted electrical wares and groceries, had an estimated combined loss of $66 000.
The victims had to retell their ordeal to Minister Ndlovu with most of them sounding sorrowful and heartbroken.
Minister Ndlovu assured the victims that the government will try to recapitalise their enterprises through a fund to be set up.
She also observed that some of the victims of the violence require psycho-socio support after being traumatised.
The January 14 to 16 looters left a trail of destruction to buildings, movable property, and ransacked shops of goods worth millions of dollars countrywide.
Hundreds were arrested in connection with the mayhem, with some having already been convicted and jailed.