A locally based company Manika Bikes has won a tender from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to supply 1180 bicycles in the Cabo delgado Province in northern Mozambique which has been infiltrated by Al-Shabaab militants, Great Dyke News 24 reports.
According to the company’s General Manager Melody Kagande, the distribution of the bicycles was mainly through a military escort, and the team managed to deliver all the bicycles around Quissanga, Palma, Mocímboa da Praia, and Macomia.
“Manica Bikes’ team has been in Mozambique from the 21st of February to the 7th of April 2022.
“This is nothing that happens every day but when duty calls, one has to selflessly overlook the risks and be solely driven by the compassion and empathy to make a difference and save lives. Distribution of the bicycles was mainly through a military escort, as frightening as it sounds the team managed to deliver all the bicycles around Quissanga, Palma, Mocímboa da Praia, and Macomia.
“These are all areas where mass beheadings, even of children have been done by the jihadists. Many civilians have been displaced by the fighting and the remaining residents are wallowing in abject poverty.
“The dire crisis is worsened by the disruption of road networks due to the current conflict and presenting a bicycle to a family, brings that glimmer of hope, as possessing one means access to resources to see the day,” she said.
Manica Bikes is a wholly owned Zimbabwean company, initially incorporated a couple of decades ago and over the years evolved through ownership by different families.
The company is well known for supplying bicycles around Zimbabwe and it is behind the success of a locally based start-up, Mutsapuri based in Waterfalls, Harare.