Remember Cyclone Idai victims-First lady tells churches

By ZBC Reporter

THE First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has made a passionate plea to churches to remember those that were affected by the floods especially vulnerable groups such as women and children.

The plea comes a week before the nation marks the first anniversary since the devastating effects of the natural disaster, Cyclone Idai.

One year on, the scars of the devastating effects of the ravaging waters that made landfall in Zimbabwe on the 14th of March are still being felt in communities worst affected in Chimanimani, Chipinge, and Masvingo.

In the next week, the country will remember the devastating cyclone Idai that destroyed homes, claimed many lives, and destroyed critical infrastructure.

First Lady Amai. Auxillia Mnangagwa has made a passionate appeal for churches to join in remembering and offering support for the survivors of the catastrophic natural disaster that affected Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.

While attending a church service held at the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries (PHD) in Harare this Friday, a continuation of her engagements with various churches across the country, Amai Mnangagwa noted that the welfare of the survivors of Cyclone Idai remains a national duty which requires concerted efforts at every level.

“In a few days, we will be marking the first anniversary of that disaster the effects of which the government is still in co-operation with various international organisations to address. To the PHD family, try to spare a thought for the people of Chipinge and Chiamanimani who are still living in tents as permanent homes are still to be reconstructed.” She said.

Amai Mnangagwa’s focus has been to advocate for enhanced attention to the immediate needs of children especially those in primary and schools for the provision of food to support their feeding programs.

With information showing that the Cyclone affected over one hundred school children, the First lady’s appeal has been informed by these existing needs, which have become one of her focus areas.
In her prior meeting with PHD leader prophet Walter Magaya, the First Lady reiterated the critical role of the Church in nation-building.

A precept from a quote by an African philosopher Justice Kojo Bentil reads “The power base of the Church and every nation is Prayer”, and so it was, the First Lady joined other congregants to lift their voices and pray for the nation at the vigil held night.

PHD leader Prophet Walter Magaya said as the church they heed to the call by the First Lady and committed to supporting her in ensuring that her vision and drive towards restoring lives of the Cyclone hit areas.

“We took heed of it and we are going to make sure that we are going to partake and assist as much as we can…” he said.

The congregants welcomed the First Lady’s visit to join them for a night of prayer. In return, Amai Mnangagwa gave some essential goods to the elderly through one of her key programs under the Angel of Hope Foundation.