PROMINENT preacher Uebert Angel has set aside US$1 million to go towards the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in four Southern African countries including Zimbabwe.
Angel is among the few rich and famous men of the cloth to intervene in this global health crisis.
Information obtained from personnel from Angel’s communication department reveal that the roll out is being done under the arms of Uebert Angel Foundation.
“The donation is coming through the foundation, which is the charity wing of our structures. We have identified areas of need in Botswana, Zambia and of course Zimbabwe,” revealed the insider who refused to be identified citing that he had jumped his ministry’s protocol.
The first phase of the roll out has seen the foundation donating food hampers, gloves, face masks and hand sanitizers to different groups and less privileged families in Zambia and Botswana.
A team is already on the ground in Zimbabwe and is in the process of seeking authority from relevant government offices.
“So far, we are on course, having rolled out the programs in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. The budget is being spread over a few months in an effort to mitigate the effects of COVID-19,” the source said.
“We have deliberately committed the bigger chunk of the budget because the foundation ‘s founder is a Zimbabwean native. However, let me put it clear that we will cater for all the identified countries in the region.”
“We have had challenges in some regions due to bureaucratic systems and we happy that in Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa said everyone wiling to complement government efforts in the COVID-19 is welcome with his big or small contribution,” he added.
The representative also urged citizens to follow preventive guidelines set aside by government and the World Health Organisation(WHO).
“This pandemic is real and the prophet (Angel) has been praying for the nation and world and he said humanity must have faith and also follow government and WHO guidelines. He emphasized on the sad loss of human life and it’s detrimental social and economic effects,” he said.
The Eubert Angel Foundation since January embarked in several philanthropic work in the region, which saw the payment of school fees for all students at a Zimbabwean school.
Meanwhile,on Thursday the local COVID-19 death toll rose to three and eleven cases have been confirmed.
The country is currently enforcing a 21-day lockdown decreed by Mnangagwa as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19.