Zimbabwe finally clears donated food for distribution </span><br class="title1"> <br> <b>By Tererai Karimakwenda<br> 02 September 2005<br> </b></p> <p class="entry">The tonnes of food donated by The South African Council of Churches (SACC) to help victims of operation Murambatsvina were finally cleared by Zimbabwean authorities on Friday, a month after the package was put together for the desperate families.<br> </p> <p class="entry">Speaking for the churches, Ron Steele confirmed the final duty-free permits had been granted and the trucks would be leaving Johannesburg for Zimbabwe. Blankets that were released from a bonded warehouse in Harare earlier this week are already being distributed by Christian Care, the local NGO working with the SACC and Zimbabwe's Council of Churches.<br> </p> <p class="entry">The month delay was caused by the Zimbabwe side which first demanded certificates showing the maize was not genetically modified, then insisted on charging duty on the donated goods even though it was the Zimbabwe government that created the crisis. Despite all the difficulties, the SACC said they are still willing to help. They are meeting on Monday to decide the next step.</p> <p></p> <p class="entry"><br> <br> </p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <span class="entry"><br> </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="entry" valign="top" height="44"><span class="title_sub">SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="entry" valign="top" height="6"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="entry" valign="top"> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </body> </html>