MP distributes expired cooking oil
MANZINI – Dozens of people under the Manzini South Constituency have received cooking oil whose expiry date was last year November.
The inkhundla MP Thandi Nxumalo was surprised yesterday when she was informed that the cooking oil she had distributed to her constituency may be a health hazard.
Nxumalo admitted yesterday to not have checked the expiry dates on the cooking oil she received from the Disaster Emergency Management Team.
Nxumalo said she was informed that the cooking oil would expire on June 17 2012.
However, some of the cooking oil actually had a best before date of November 30, 2011.
Nxumalo said she was not aware that some of the cooking oil had already expired.
"This is a mistake on my part because I did not assign a person to check the cooking oil on my behalf. I just assumed that all the cooking oil in the 25 boxes expired on June 17, 2012, as I had been told. This is a mistake," said Nxumalo.
The cooking oil was being distributed from the KaKhoza kitchen, which feeds children and at least 30 adults, revealed the MP. Nxumalo said the cooking oil was sourced from the Disaster Emergency Management Team.
"I was aware that the cooking oil would expire soon, but I did not know that it had already expired. I do take the blame. I would ask the people in my constituency to discard the cooking oil because it could be harmful," said Nxumalo.
She said it had been previously said by other MPs that they had sourced expired cooking oil from the Disaster Management Team.
"This is the very same cooking oil that other MPs got from the Disaster Management Team, I want to apologise to the people in my constituency. I know people may use this against me as we are all aware elections are around the corner, but elections are open to everyone," said Nxumalo.
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