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We Will Increase The Social Welfare Grant To Enable Yo To Afford Mealie Meal – ED

8 October 2020

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has promised to increase the social welfare grant to vulnerable families to enable them to buy mealie meal after the government scrapped off the mealie meal subsidy a few weeks ago, The Herald reports.

The president said this during a briefing on the Cyclone Idai Recovery program in Mutare last night when he said they scrapped off the subsidy because it was marred with corruption:

On the roller meal issue raised by Minister (Ellen) Gwaradzimba (Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs and Devolution), initially this roller-meal programme was subsidised, but we realised that there was no mechanism in place of identifying the persons which we had in mind to benefit from it.

It became apparent that even us in this room, especially us on the top table, were also buying that roller-meal at subsidised prices and yet we have the capacity to buy without the subsidy. 

Now we have decided to increase the money that we will be giving to vulnerable groups. That money will be distributed by the Department of Social Welfare. That amount from Social Welfare will be enough to buy unsubsidised roller meal.

That will exclude people like me who do not qualify to be given that money, so that is the model we are taking now. Cabinet yesterday (Tuesday) approved that households who need that assistance will be registered countrywide and these are the people who will be given this money which will be more than the cost of unsubsidised roller meal. This will assist us to target the correct people.

The government when the lockdown started in March promised to give one million households $200 for 3 months but the government, later on, said they had paid less than 1% of the social welfare grant they had promised vulnerable families. 

More: The Herald 

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