Tshinga Dube in forex payment shock

FORMER War Veterans minister and ex-Makokoba legislator Tshinga Dube recently came face to face with the desperation many Zimbabweans face after a pharmacy demanded that he pays for his medication in United States dollars.

BY NQOBANI NDLOVU

The country is facing a serious drugs shortage, with some medical aid societies, private health institutions and pharmacies now demanding payment in US dollars or the black market price of the green back in bond notes or electronic transfer.

The Pharmaceutical Wholesalers’ Association (PWA) said this was because drug suppliers were now demanding payment upfront for new orders after the suspension of credit orders over an outstanding $27 million debt.

Dube, who is also the Zanu PF deputy finance secretary, said the experience made him appreciate the challenges that many ordinary people have been going through.

“I personally went to a pharmacy to get some drugs, but failed to purchase any as they demanded foreign currency. I had ordered the drugs, but upon producing my bank card to make a payment, they flatly refused any electronic payment, insisting I settle my bill with the USD, which I didn’t have,” Dube said.

He was speaking to journalists on the side-lines of a health expo held at Jairos Jiri centre in Nguboyenja high-density suburb on Saturday.

“I then asked myself that if I can have this kind of a problem, what about the disadvantaged or those that are unemployed, who are desperate for life-saving drugs, but cannot access them because they do not have any US dollars?” he asked.

“The situation is very desperate and it is this status quo that pressurised me to have this health expo, realising that there are many amongst us who are sick, but cannot be treated because of lack of drugs and foreign currency.”
The health expo, organised by the former Makokoba legislator, saw nurses and doctors providing free treatment to the sick. This was not the first time that Dube has organised a health expo for the constituency.

The pharmaceutical sector blames government for the drugs shortage, arguing the sector continues to be allocated insignificant monies for the importation of drugs to normalise the situation. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) yesterday said it had availed a further US$3,3millon towards the importation of drugs, in addition to the US$6,7million released last week.

10 Comments

  1. Very silly, what planet has this guy been living on to make such a realisation so late in the day?

  2. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakomurudohamandishe

    Comment…Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk! Asi ava kufamba nemutapi wenhau kani? Kana chaiseva chotemura.

  3. @truth – he was living on planet zanu-pf. There are many people on that planet and the citizens of other planets are anxiously waiting for the day planet zanu-pf runs completely out of resources. At the moment it has run out of inhabitants who can think. Mostly self-induced amnesia afflicts the majority. Others are caught up in PTSD but are in denial.

  4. tshinga why not form a political party this situation is getting everyone nowhere

  5. TONER CARTRIDGES TO CLEAR, HURRY WHILE STOCK LASTS
    ALL TYPES AND BRANDS, ANY FORM OF PAYMENT ACCEPTED,
    FREE DELIVERLY NO EXTRA COST

  6. Please open your pharmacy and use all your looted forex to help the poor if you got the poor at heart

  7. Dwayne Williams

    I’m sure he has bought his medication by now.

    Government only understands our problems, when they start being affected. If he was LISTENING to us citizens, he should have known this for a while.

    At least he has the option to fly to SA for treatment, if he can’t find the drugs here.

  8. Many of these guys from ZANUPF live in ‘cloud cuckoo land’ and think of themselves only.

  9. Goodchild gonebad

    FOR DUBES INFORMATION ZIMBABWEANS HAVE RESIGGNED TO THEIR FATE SINCE 1980.ITS NOT ONLY DRUGS THAT ARE DENIED THERE IS POLITICAL SOCIAL ,HUMAN AND PEOPLES,ECONOMIC RIGHTS I HOPE YOU WILL ALSO THINK OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF URBAN VENDORS WHO LOST THEIR SOURCES OF INCOME IN JUST 2WEEKS CAUSE MTHULI AND ED THINK THESE VENDORS AND FLEA MARKET TRADERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR FOREX SHORTAGES.YOU TOOK NOTE AT LEAST UNLIKE YOUR COLEGUES WHO GREWUP WITH THE SILVER SPOON IN THEIR MOUTHS OR WOULD LIKE TO PRETEND THAT THEY DID.ED HAS OUTDONE ROBATI.MIGHT AS WELL CALL HIM SAINT ROBATI.

  10. Anombova eyi ko ma drugs aaida,,,

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