By Staff Reporter
MDC Alliance presidential candidate, Nelson Chamisa has slammed the Zanu PF led government officials for routinely abandoning local hospitals for foreign health facilities at the expense of poor locals.
He was addressing a campaign rally at Mvurwi Stadium in Mazowe North constituency weekend.
Vice President Kembo Mohadi and Environment Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri were recently flown to South Africa for treatment following injuries sustained in a grenade explosion at a Zanu PF rally in Bulawayo.
They were among 49 reported casualties of the blast which claimed two presidential security officers.
The rest were taken to local hospitals with some reported to be in critical conditions.
But Chamisa saw everything wrong with the government officials taken to foreign hospitals while locals who were befallen by the same tragedy were subjected to local institutions which have often been labelled as death centres.
“If voted into office,” he said, “our health sector will be super, not what we are witnessing from Zanu PF. Some people were airlifted to South Africa. Why South Africa and yet we have hospitals here? Just because you are a top Zanu PF official you can go to South Africa, where there is medication. How about those at the periphery? How do they survive?”
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has also sought treatment from South Africa with the most common of the cases being his one week long treatment last year following food poisoning fears by suspected Zanu PF rivals at a party rally in Gwanda.
Chamisa, although targeting his rebuke at his Zanu PF opponents, inadvertently side-swiped his now late predecessor Morgan Tsvangirai who spent months receiving treatment at South African hospitals where he would eventually succumb to colon cancer February this year.