Victoria Falls municipality has become the latest local authority to benefit from the nationwide ‘Mudzimi Wemoto Campaign,’ spear-headed by benefactor, Peter Lobel and Bakers Inn to capacitate local authorities’ civil protection preparedness through the donation of fire tenders and other related assets.

Victoria Falls town, whose civil protection department is currently facing challenges owing to an old fleet, got a major boost as businessman Mr Lobel in partnership with a local confectionary company handed over a state-of-the-art fire tender to the local authority.

The 9000 litres fire tanker is expected to strengthen the Victoria Falls Civil Protection and mitigate against the loss of human life and property during fire outbreaks and other disasters.

Victoria Falls Mayor, Mr Sifiso Mpofu said they welcome the gesture and announced that on its part, the local authority has prioritised securing an ambulance and fire command vehicle in order to enhance efficiency of the civil protection unit as well as to enhance service delivery.

“We are grateful to Mr Lobel and Bakers Inn for the gesture which will certainly go a long way in enhancing service delivery and strengthening the civil protection unit,” he said.

Mr Lobel and his team expressed commitment to expand the Mudzimi Wemoto initiative with nine trucks set to be donated to Harare City Council in the next few weeks.

The donors however said there are currently facing challenges in accessing foreign currency to procure the trucks.

“We have plans to expand the initiative to all parts of the country. We feel it is our duty to contribute towards mitigating against the loss of property and human life. Our biggest challenge has been access to foreign currency to procure the vehicles,” he said.

According to information from the Victoria Falls municipality, in 2017 a total of 19 property fire cases were reported while veld fire cases stood at 86.

Since 2011, Mr Lobel has been donating fire tenders to different municipalities under the Mudzimi Wemoto initiative, with some of the local authorities that have benefited being Gokwe, Gweru, Masvingo and Mutare.