Zim's finance minister pleads online for donations to fight cholera… as govt spends $20m to buy new cars for MPs

Zim's finance minister pleads online for donations to fight cholera… as govt spends $20m to buy new cars for MPs

Zimbabwe’s new finance minister has taken to Twitter to ask
for donations to help the government fight cholera that has killed at least 25
people and made thousands of others ill.

In a tweet Mthuli Ncube, who took his oath of office on
Monday, said the emergency crowdfund would “further efforts to fight cholera to

See his tweet below

Cholera broke out in Harare’s western suburb of Glen View
last week, triggering an emergency response by the government and international
aid agencies.

The finance minister’s tweet generated a lot of criticism
from Zimbabweans. Some pointed out that the government always manages to find
official funds to purchase cars for VIPs or fund overseas travel.

“Does the right to life mean nothing at all to this new
administration? If you can’t prioritize funding public health in the midst of a
crisis, we are going nowhere very quickly. This is an insult,” said lawyer and
independent politician, Fadzayi Mahere in a tweet.

MDC MP for Harare’s Kuwadzana East constituency, Chalton Hwende
tweeted in response to the minister’s request: “What kind of nonsense is this?
Your Government chartered a plan for Grace to attend a funeral now 25 poor
people have died all you can do is crowd funding?”

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Grace Mugabe was flown back to Zimbabwe earlier this month
from Singapore in a luxury private jet to attend her mother’s funeral, but the
government denied public funds were used.

Others on social media suggested that in light of the
cholera crisis, MDC MPs elected in July to Zimbabwe’s new parliament should
lead the way by foregoing perks like luxury vehicles that they’re entitled to.

In a tweeted response to Hwende, Tinashe Vuso said: “We
kindly ask you and your party MPs to forgo those cars if you indeed care for
the masses, after all it’s MDC supporters who are mostly affected by

On Friday, the private Daily News claimed that the
government is set to spend $20 million to buy new cars for
newly-elected MPs and senators. 

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