The Minority in Parliament has called on Members of the House to provide assistance to countries affected by Cyclone Idai.
Making this appeal, Minority spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa, emphasized on Ghana’s credentials in humanitarian assistance urging the House to also show leadership by assisting the affected countries; Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
“This goes beyond solidarity and mere words…Mr. Speaker, I propose if it pleases you, that we all as Members of Parliament make voluntary donations in cash or in kind which we should put together and donate to our fellow Africans in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe who are in dire need of our urgent assistance,” Mr. Ablwakwa said.
Contributing to the statement, Adaklu MP, Kwame Agbodza and Atwima Kwanwoma MP, Dr. Kojo Appiah Kubi said Ghana must take a cue from the disaster and put its house in order to be ready for such disasters.
Cyclone Idai’s death toll has risen above 750 in the three southern African countries hit 10 days ago by the storm, as workers try to restore electricity and water and prevent an outbreak of cholera.
In Mozambique the number of dead has risen to 446, with 259 dead in Zimbabwe and at least 56 dead in Malawi.