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Giving credit where it’s due

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Giving credit where it’s due
SOBER-MINDED: Mthuli Ncube

For as long as I can remember, the powers that be have always been selfish, never putting the interests of the people first.

But last week, the new dispensation, as they like to call themselves proved they are human after all.

With cholera wrecking havoc in Harare, the finance minister announced that they could not be seen buying luxury cars for the new cabinet and members of parliament when citizens are dying due to the contagious disease.

When that news broke out, a day after I had written in this column that our government is full of a self –centered lot, I was taken aback because this is so unlike our leaders.

At least 45 people have died while more than 6 000 cases have been reported in and outside Harare since the cholera outbreak three weeks ago.

What I had found annoying was that the government had created a health crowd funding campaign to fight cholera and citizens were being asked to donate yet our leaders had not shown any meaningful commitment to curb the spread of this dehumanizing disease.

So when minister Mthuli Ncube announced that they had suspended buying new luxury vehicles and diverted the more than $15 million (P150 million) to the health fund, I thought oh, they finally came to their senses.

The news was also well received by many who felt there really was no need to be buying new vehicles for people who already have cars.

What was also worth noting was that President Emmerson Mnangagwa took a very lean delegation to New York for the ongoing United Nations summit unlike his predecessor, Robert Mugabe whose bloated crew would include all his three children, cousins and friends so they could go shopping at the taxpayer’s expense.

Of course Mnangagwa is trying to impress and prove to all that he is unlike Mugabe but he surely still has a long way to go.

His government, has of late been trying to be seen fighting corruption through the arrest of former cabinet ministers and charging them with criminal abuse of office during their tenure.

Two weeks ago it was former health minister, David Parirenyatwa who was in the dock and this week, Saviour Kasukuwere who served as youth minister before being transferred to local government appeared in court facing similar charges.

In total, five former cabinet ministers have criminal abuse of office charges hanging over their heads.

While it’s good that cows are finally coming home to roost for these former big fish, we can never ignore the fact that they are actually being punished for supporting a Zanu PF faction that was anti-Mnangagwa.

If the president is really serious about fighting corruption then more people should be arrested including some current ministers as they have also been fingered in various corruption cases.

Until then, the new dispensation should just stop blowing its trumpet on fighting corruption.

But they will of course be applauded for doing well, especially in terms of decisions and policies that benefit the masses.

8 COMMENTS

  1. There could be one side claiming they have stopped purchasing vehicles for the filthy rich ministers and the other side that it is possible that is not true -there has been an outrage .

    No one knows if it is true Policitians on this continent are not honest people . Why did they Charter a plane for that former first Shopper Grace Mugarbage just to come back to attend her mothers funeral when the money could have been put to better use whilst her husband plundered two countries – the big question – Did he plunder more than one country- while he was being pampered for very long while those at the top in other countries need to look into it
    . Those at the very top who have stolen from coffers are not being dealt with like any other top brass on the continent they are left to go scott free

    Why should their debts be CANCELLED they need to learn that when you loan Money one must PAY IT BACK the word again CORRUPTION it is rampant no person/organisation wants to be seen dealing with this issue they too scared because the someone will also point a finger at them.

    There is no ray of hope this SADC organisation who seem to employ people who are just t here for their needs and not the needs of the ORDINARY CITIZENS of the BLOC to bring back the court of Justice they are failing the ordinary people – they have allowed a MILITARY COUP TO TAKE PLACE AND are just covering up their tracks

  2. ” Kutonga Kwaro: Bond note plunges, fuel shortages emerge, prices skyrocket in Zimbabwe
    Last updated Oct 6, 2018 58,907 155

    By Helen Kadirire

    The bond note yesterday crashed to 1:250 against the United States Dollar — sparking panic among ordinary Zimbabweans who have been raging all week over government’s controversial two cents per dollar tax on electronic transactions — which triggered price increases and shortages of goods across the country.”

  3. Most of these leaders on the continent are living on a planet called, “Lavish Lifestyle” they need to be seen and to be held accountable and so must SADC they need to be seen to be accountable not only to the leaders but to the citizens of the region

  4. “Pharmacies Demand Cash
    October 7, 2018
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    Most pharmacies in the country are refusing to issue drugs to patients on medical insurance, the main doctors’ association said yesterday, leaving thousands to pay cash.

    Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) executive director Calvin Fambirai said the economic downturn has resulted in pharmacies rejecting some medical aid cards in the purchase of drugs.

    The warnings by ZADHR come as Zimbabwe’s fiscus is shrinking fast as the black-market rate for US dollars and other hard currencies keeps rising.

    Pharmacies import drugs using hard cash sourced largely from the black market.

    ZADHR said “most medical insurance cards were, as of October 5, being rejected by most pharmacies whilst on the other hand basic antibiotics like azithromycin have gone up to $47 for a three-day course.”

    “Most pharmacies are also running out of emergency medicines and the situation in public hospitals is deteriorating by each day,” Fambirai said.

    Zimbabwe has run out of critical medical drugs, among them painkillers, TB, cancer and Hypertension tablets-raising fears of a gigantic crisis similar to the one experienced in 2008 — when public hospitals turned away patients due to shortages of medicines.

    This comes as Zimbabwe’s export cover is down to $200 million due to the worsening foreign currency shortages which have hit hard industry and other critical sectors of the economy.

    “We call upon government to prioritise foreign currency allocations towards drug procurement, health workforce retention and provision of urgent obstetric and neonatal care.

    “Fuel quotas must be reserved to enable health facilities and workers to timeously attend to life-threatening emergencies.

    “A health time bomb is looming should these issues be neglected,” Fambirai said.
    He emphasised that the impact of the devaluation and runaway inflation has rendered the salaries of health personnel meaningless as doctors and nurses now earn an average of $450 and $200 respectively.

    “This poses a huge possibility for unrest in the health workforce …,” he said.
    A local pharmacy yesterday wrote to Generation Health advising that while they hoped the situation would normalise soon, they had suspended all medical aid cards on purchasing drugs due to the foreign currency shortages.

    “Trinity Pharmacy has temporarily suspended acceptance of medical aid due to the prevailing economic conditions.

    “Our suppliers need foreign currency and Trinity Pharmacy saw it unfit to go with the parallel market rates which will automatically exhaust our member’s benefits.

    “However, for chemotherapy drugs, separate arrangements could be reached to try and assist our treasured members,” read part of the letter from a Bulawayo-based pharmacy.

    Yesterday, economists warned that things could get worse in the country as the black-market exchange rates hovered between 200 and 250 percent for the US dollar either through electronic transfer, bond note or mobile money. Daily News”
    SADC needs to come to the rescue of the ordinary people this is a timebomb just starting normally their are an Organisation called “Doctors without Borders ” that normally come to the rescue of the ordinary peoople around the world other wise know Medicine San Frontiers these are the same people who resue the migrants from african aboard a ship on the Mediteranean

  5. “British Airways And Khulula Stop Zim Ticketing
    October 8, 2018
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    By Paul Nyathi|British Airways and Kulula.com have withdrawan full ticketing in Zimbabwe with immediate effect.

    The airlines indicated that the move comes in light of exchange rate distortions currently prevailing in the country between the local money transfers and the US dollar.

    The two airlines made the announcements on Monday morning. “

  6. It is not rocket science on where money should go rather than chartering an expensive plane for a thief who could afford to pay for her own plane and others who live beyond their means in extravagant life trappings through corrupt amongst other things.

    Zimbabwe Prisoners In Dire Straits Converting Tyres to Washing Dishes
    By reporter263 October 7, 2018 0 Comments
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    A tour of Bindura, Pednor and Chawagona prison cells in the Mashonaland Central provincial capital, has revealed that the incarceration facilities are in dire straits and need attention.

    At the Chawagona and Bindura Prison, poor sanitation was noted at a time when there is a cholera outbreak.

    Prisoners at Pednor farm cells have improvised as tyres have been converted to washing dishes.

    However, this is the least of their worries as the prisoners explained the challenges they are facing.

    The provincial prisons and correctional services do not have their own offices and have to do with renting space from the GMB.

    There is also only one vehicle to transport prisoners which has led to the prison authorities hiring vehicles from CMED.

    Some of prison facilities are a security risk due to poor building materials used but commitment to ensure maximum safety remains their priority said ZPCS Senior Assistant Commissioner Kenny Ndebele.

    He added that the staffing currently is too low at 510 members whereas the establishment strength is 1 171 officers.”

  7. “Ex-minister accused of grabbing airline
    October 7, 2018 in Local, News
    A local businessman has accused former Information Communication Technology minister Supa Mandiwanzira of arm-twisting him to seize control of the now-defunct Rainbow Airlines.”

    This ex minister is reportedly to have acquired SNOWGRADERS yes for a country that does not receive any SNOW when he was a minister instead of graders for the roads through a company of his .- He should be held accountable for his actions and dealt with appropriately -but like most this is not the case

  8. This is the conclusion of this article about this Ex Minister who messed up an Airline
    ““I offered him 40% shareholding, but he argued that as a cabinet minister he wouldn’t like to be seen as a junior partner in the project and he proposed to have 50% shareholding and he was with one Gilbert Muponda, who was introduced as a business partner and would stand in for the minister during negotiations.”

    Humbe said he acceded to Mandiwanzira’s demands because he was desperate for the project to take off.

    “Mandiwanzira’s team fronted by Muponda started to be too aggressive against me, piling a lot of unreasonable accusations and he demanded more shares and threatened that they were not going to put more money if I refused to give him another 20% shares,” he alleged.

    “I had no funds at that time, no investor and I was left with no option, but to accept. Muponda then prepared an addendum for the new agreement and they would pay me $150 000 cash for the extra 20%.”

    Humbe said after signing the new agreement, Mandiwanzira took all the documents to his office, and after four weeks he was surprised when he was allegedly given “forged documents of the agreement with different terms”.

    “When I raised my displeasure over the forged contract, Mandiwanzira, who was with his brothers Richard and Robson, and Muponda, came to me fuming, saying he would use his political muscle to grab the project,” he claimed.

    “Mandiwanzira told me he would take me to the cleaners and was not going to change anything. He said even if I went to court I would never win the case.”

    Humbe said when he eventually cancelled the agreement through his lawyers, he started receiving death threats.”