Chitungwiza charity kitchen back


Caroline Chiimba

CHITUNGWIZA Municipality has offered philanthropist Samantha Murozoki a place to resume feeding thousands of hungry people in the dormitory town.

This comes after the local authority had banned Murozoki’s feeding kitchen, saying it did not meet the country’s health and safety by-laws.

Acting town clerk Tonderai Kasu said the order for Murozoki to cease operations was made on the basis of genuine and legitimate concerns with respect to public health and safety.

“We are proud to announce that meeting we convened today (yesterday) at our council head office yielded positive developments. Murozoki was forthcoming on the issue of registering her operations,” Kasu said.

“She made a plea that council allows her to operate while the paperwork is being processed.
“Council has offered one of its properties, a crèche in Unit A, as a temporary site for her to conduct her charitable work. All her volunteers who are assisting with food preparation will be screened for Covid-19, and will undergo food-handlers medical examinations,” said Kasu.

Kasu added that Murozoki has to meet all necessary regulatory requirements by the government and would get assistance and guidance from the district administrator while council would assist with security and order at the new premises.

Murozoki declined to comment and referred this publication to her lawyer, Munyaradzi Bwanya. Bwanya could not be reached for comment at the time of going to print.

Murozoki opened the lockdown relief kitchen after noticing that a number of people were going to bed on empty stomachs.

Owing to alarming poverty levels in the community, hordes of people frequent her place for food daily.

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