Movement For Democratic Change Alliance leader, Advocate Nelson Chamisa mourns the deceased due to the Cyclone Idai and has effectively instructed everyone to be vigilant as he is appealing to the progressive humanitarian organisations and his party folks to help the victims of the disaster.
Advocate Chamisa’s Spokesperson Dr. Nkululeko Sibanda said, in today’s statement, Chamisa is concerned with the large traits of destruction by Cyclone Idai which left many people homelessness, desperate, and he sent heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased.
On behalf of advocate Chamisa, Dr. Sibanda said MDC Provincial and National structures should stay watchful.
“CYCLONE IDAI HAS TRAGICALLY left a trail of disaster in Manicaland from where it started battering Zimbabwe. President Chamisa’s heart goes out to the victims and their families. He has instructed MDC Provincial and National structures to be vigilant and they have been activated. He is directly appealing to progressive and/or humanitarian organisations and all MDC partners to extend their usual helping hand.
“He mourns the untold devastation to the people of Manicaland by Cyclone Idai. President Chamisa views the situation as a huge tragedy. He mourns the loss of lives. He empathises with all who have suffered from this catastrophic natural event. He appeals to fellow Zimbabweans, in and around the affected areas, who have some capacity to help those who are more affected and less fortunate. He makes such an appeal to all Zimbabweans across the globe to use whatever capacity they have to help, ” he said.
Dr Sibanda said the government of Zimbabwe is now dysfunctioning as it failed to do what was expected from it pertaining to the disastrous event which occurred in Chimanimani and it is very unfortunate to have its late response as many lives would have been saved if it could play its role quickly and properly prior to the effects of the Cyclone Idai.
“He also notes that the state has an obligation to support citizens in need, that is the cornerstone of the social contract. A government that is not prepared to serve its citizens is irrelevant, incapable and a mere sideshow in the lives of the country’s citizens. Given the absence of a functional government, President Chamisa is calling on everyone to monitor and mobilise everything necessary to ensure the safety and comfort of citizens,
“Unfortunately, the lack of response from the government and the fact that its leader left the country, is a stuck reminder that the dysfunctional Zimbabwe State, under an illegitimate regime. Because of this, President Chamisa is receiving updates from his Welfare Department and has instructed that local institutions that are under the MDC take all steps necessary to secure lives, property and to protect victims, ” he said.