By Nevson Mpofu
Climate Change battled out Zimbabwe has received US10 million from the UNITED NATIONS Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Co-ordinator. According to Mark Lowcock the UN –Under Secretary, Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Co-ordinator, the humanitarian aid fund is meant to salvage 20,000 poverty stricken and vulnerable families in 10 province’s 20 districts around the country.
‘’The Fund, I hope will go a long way in addressing thorny issues of food security. The country is severely hit by climate change which is also a grappled challenge in many countries Africa South of the Sahara’’, laments Lowcock .
It was also further learnt that 70 Partners will put an additional lump sum of money amounting US 234 million for 2,2 million people by 19 June this year . Lowcock, addressing Journalists at a flashy hotel in the city of Harare added,
‘’The total amount is a long term fund to make vulnerability targets ends meet. We are as UN and partners pledging to end the suffering of those in vulnerability. We are however drawn back by the continuing effects of climate change. However we shall make the challenge step down a bit,’’
Ambassador Brian Nichols of USA donated US 15 Million. Representing his country, Nichols assured Zimbabwean Government that USA is still on the good side of relations in all round hard times still rolling.
‘’It is my feeling and those of the USA Government that we need to remain focused in friendship and good relations in good and bad times . We have had good relations always. This must continue despite hardships. Thus what friends are for?’’
Gracing the superb occasion, UN Country Co-Ordinator, Bishow Parajuli expressed his finely sieved words of hope for those affected by the challenges already faced by the country. He promised more than what lies on the ground.
‘’The humanitarian aid is flash appeal for Zimbabweans who face extended vulnerability, hunger and challenges of climate change. This is different from the US 50 million Zimbabwe Resilient Building Fund of 2016.
‘’The Resilient fund was meant for rural lives in terms of Nutrition and food security yes , but it was for 2,8 million people out of 9,4 million rural people in need of food aid . Effects of Elnina and lamina have grown strong than ever before. We therefore need to be more resistant as well. This is not duplication, but a fresh package altogether.’’
Ambassador Mbete of South Africa said Zimbabwe has 2,5 million of its people living as migrant workers. The Government of South Africa is ready to live peacefully with. He added that Zimbabwe, though in economic challenges, its Labour market in South Africa Is vital in improving their economy.
‘’There are 2,5 million Zimbabweans in South Africa . It is our sympathy to work and live peacefully with them. They have an addition of the Labour Market they give to the country. In return they remit back home what they harvest there’’, said Ambassador Mbete .
Annabel Gerry of the Department for International Development [DFID] said the problem with many countries in Africa, mainly south of the Sahara is climate change, a big challenge not to ignore,
‘’Yes, we need not to forget that Climate is there but, I urge families in communities to remain vigilant to shocks of climate change.
‘’There is need for climate adaptation and mitigation before we are changed by it . Families must remain vigilant to shocks of the global challenge’’, she said.
The occasion was attended by top Government officials from Office of the President and cabinet [OPC] headed by Senior Principal Director Mr Albert Chikondo , EU Head of Delegation in Zimbabwe Timo Olkkonnen , Sofia Calltorp Ambassador of Sweeden , Dr Misheck Sibanda Chief Secretary for the President and Cabinet , civil society and mostly members of the media .