By Peter Chivhima
The First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa is forging ahead with her drive for the nation to embrace traditional foods because of their nutritional value, with Harare Province having been the focal point this Monday.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Climate and Hospitality Industry, Mr Munesushe Munodawafa and the Minister of Women Affairs, Small and Medium Enterprises and Community Development Dr Sithembiso Nyoni pledged their ministries’ commitment to work with various sectors in support of Amai’s Cook Out Traditional Meal initiative.
“This programme was started in 2019 by Amai Mnangagwa who invited us to work together with her. We appreciate her desire for collective sharing of values.
“as players in the hospitality industry there was a low uptake of traditional foods in the sector so we expect a better increase,” said Mr Munodawafa.
Junior Parliamentarian, Honourable Lucia Chigiji was among the participants who thanked the First Lady for spearheading the initiative.
The First Lady’s efforts did not go unnoticed as participants pledged to take the initiative to the grassroots.
The Mother of the nation took the opportunity to encourage women to play an active role in restoring the country’s cultural values through such initiatives.
Participants also had something to cheer for after receiving food hampers courtesy of the First Lady.
Provincial winners will square off at the national finals set for Harare next month with the Ministry of Environment, Climate and Hospitality Industry expected to preside over the event.