Two staff members at Maphisa Hospital were last week reportedly abducted and interrogated by suspected security agents following a donation of blankets to the institution by Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe.
NewsDay cannot name the employees involved for fear of further victimisation.
Khupe, who is MP for Makokoba and deputy president of the MDC-T led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, donated the blankets during her visit to the hospital on June 24.
The senator for the area, Sithembile Mlotshwa (MDC-T), told NewsDay on Tuesday she was not amused when she heard reports of the alleged abduction of the hospital staff by suspected security agents.
“They told me that they were questioned as to why they accepted the donation from the DPM. In any case, I am the one who asked the DPM to at least make efforts to secure linen and food for the hospital,” she said.
“They should have come to me as the leader in the area and not to intimidate innocent civil servants.”
Mlotshwa said what further raises eyebrows was the fact that whenever politicians from the former ruling Zanu PF party donated anything, no one was questioned.
“I think it is high time that our security people were made aware of the fact that we now have an inclusive government in place and therefore they should desist from being partisan,” she said.
Efforts to get a comment from the head of the hospital were fruitless as the health institution’s telephone lines were not working.