Own Correspondent| Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko on Thursday donated ten 50kg bales of used clothing of varied types to old people of Gwanda.
The clothing most of which was not for elderly people, was marked with endorsements from Forbes Border post an entry point in Mutare from Mozambique which showed that the clothing was part of the heavy loot of used clothing confiscated from cross border traders who would have failed to meet import regulations at the border.
Over and above the ten bales of used clothing, Mphoko also donated 25 boxes of cooking oil and 30 tonnes of rice all being goodies recovered by the Zimbabwe Revenues Authority at the border posts under provisions is Statutory Instrument 64 which prohibited import of basic foodstuffs.
Mphoko made the donations while presiding at the national commemorations of the International Day for the Older Persons held at the Gwanda Old People Home.
Addressing the gathering, Mphoko implored the young generation to take pride in the country’s senior citizens as they are a fountain of knowledge and wisdom which should be tapped into for a better society.
He saluted the senior citizens whom he described as fountains of knowledge and wisdom, saying the young generation can learn a lot from their elders.
“The elderly have a critical role to play in building the social and moral fibre of the Zimbabwean society,” further observed Mphoko.
The occasion was held under the theme: ‘Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participations of Older Persons in Society.’
Newly appointed Matabeleland South Minister of State Aaron Maboyi Ncube made his first public appearance as Minister at the occasion. – ZimEye