By Wellington Zimbowa
There is a pertinent need for a law that forces companies to step up on corporate social responsibility for them to undertake business, Chief Makumbe from Buhera, who also represents Manicaland chiefs in the senate has said.
The maverick who wants to take the issue up with the senate revealed this when he was speaking recently at a donation ceremony by a local apostolic sect led by Madzibaba Simba (Simbarashe Nengomasha) at Chitungwiza Central Hospital, where Chief Makumbe was the guest of honour.
“I realised that in some other countries if a company does not donate to the community, there won’t be any business for it. I shall liaise with other Chiefs and the President of chiefs (Fortune Charumbira) so that chiefs lobby for such a law in Senate,” he said.
Chief Makumbe, who is also an engineer by profession thanked Madzibaba Simba for the kind gesture to the hospital, where groceries worth thousands of dollars including blankets, sanitary products, cooking oil, and sugar, among others, were handed over to the hospital.
The hospital’s chief executive officer, Mr. Chiwanga was represented by Matron Mawoyo.
CCH public relations officer, Mrs. Audrey Tasaranarwo among other hospital staff, also attended the handover ceremony at the institution.
Madzibaba Simba also donated a fully slaughtered beast for meat.
The pinnacle of the moment was when Madzibaba Simba visited each ward presenting 2 litres of orange crushed drink to each patient, while others were also prayed for upon request.
Speaking at the same ceremony, on behalf of Mr. Chiwanga, the hospital leader, Matron Mawoyo noted that the donation by the church has become a calendar event and is now in its 7th year, paying tribute to Madzibaba Simba and his followers.
Chitungwiza Central Hospital has a total of 25 wards, covering 48 districts.
In his remarks, Madzibaba Simba said his gesture was not for individual gain but comes in support of government efforts in line with the Vision 2030 middle-class agenda.
He said this was also a gratitude expression for the freedom of worship right in the country as well as the current peace obtaining in Zimbabwe.
Chief Makumbe said he was appalled that unregistered churches “church dzepasi pemuti” are engaging in such great humanitarian acts.
Madzibaba Simba highlighted that his gesture is supported by his followers and other individuals like Mr. Vengai Ushe, proprietor of Chitungwiza-based Supernova Retail and Wholesale.
Mr. Ushe said it was an honour to support the community in the small way he can. Mambo Seke, and Zanu PF politburo member, Tendai Chirau also graced the event.