CHITUNGWIZA-BASED lawyer and philanthropist Samantha Muzoroki has been barred from running a free canteen service at her home where she used to feed hundreds of her neighbours affected by the lockdown.

BY MOSES MATENGA

In barring her charity work, Chitungwiza acting town clerk Tonderai Kasu said the Unit A facility was illegal.

The community canteen has been operational since the beginning of the lockdown on March 30.

“The order for Ms Muzoroki to cease operations was made on the basis of some genuine and legitimate concerns with respect to public health and public safety,” Kasu said.

He said although council was happy with her kind gesture to the community, she was supposed to follow procedure in operating her facility, adding her actions were in contravention of the Public Health Act.

In a letter dated May 20 addressed to Muzoroki, council ordered her to immediately cease all operations until she has obtained the relevant documents.

“You are being guided by this notice that the above-mentioned feeding kitchen taking place has not been approved by this department, according to Chitungwiza urban council by-laws.

“You are being advised by this office to take necessary procedures to meet minimum requirements for a feeding kitchen,” the letter read in part.

Muzoroki started the kitchen to serve hundreds of children in the community where she provides free breakfast and supper with assistance from a team of volunteers.

She was not immediately available to comment, but was earlier quoted saying her feeding programme was driven by compassion after a neighbour told how her family had gone to bed hungry because of the lockdown.

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