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Take blame for labour unrest: MDC tells govt

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GOVERNMENT should take blame for the collapse of the health sector and stop blaming the opposition for inciting doctors and other civil servants to go on strike, the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC has said.

By Everson Mushava/Kudzai Muchenjekwa

Addressing journalists at the party headquarters in Harare yesterday, MDC shadow health minister Henry Madzorera said President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government was paying lip service to the health sector by prioritising security ministries in its budget allocations.

“The government cannot and should not hide behind a figure and blame doctors for this complete collapse of health services,” he said.

“Government collects taxes from people, and government has a responsibility to distribute our tax revenue in a manner that allows every Zimbabwean to enjoy the highest level of health and well-being possible.”

Madzorera added: “It is government’s responsibility to allocate 15% of total government expenditure to health, to manage additional ear marked taxes like the health levy, the Aids levy, in a transparent and accountable manner that benefits all Zimbabweans, to deal with the corruption that is haemorrhaging not only the health sector, but the entire economy and to start to improve the conditions in which our people are born, live, work and age in order to create a healthier population.”

Junior doctors have been on strike for over a month now, demanding regular supplies of drugs and equipment to public hospitals and to be paid in United States dollars, among other grievances.

The strike enters its 36th day tomorrow and several meetings between government and the striking doctors, including one with First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa held yesterday, have failed to break the deadlock.

Madzorera warned that government’s failure to handle the strike action would have devastating consequences on the country, as most of the doctors would leave for greener pastures

He said government did not need doctors to strike to realise that it has an obligation to buy drugs and other consumables required in hospitals.

MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume said Zimbabwe was back to “square zero”.

“The wheels have come off completely just five months after the sham election of July 30, 2018 and over a year since the departure of President Robert Mugabe,” he said.
Teachers and members of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions have threatened to down tools next week.
The labour unrest coincides with the schools’ opening on Tuesday.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Comment…Varoma 1 vs 25 uye Zakaria 8
    vs 16-17 Nekuti chokwadi hachikundwe nenhema. Nekudaro, Jehovah zvamburai
    avo vose varikukonzera kutambura kwevanhu venyu muZimbabwe nepasi rose. Samasimba vana venyu tanzwa nenhamo nematambudziko munyika yamakatipa imi. Todisawo kudya uchi nemukaka Musiki wedenga nenyika. Baba torayi hozheri dzose, uye kana ndiri mumwe wavowo handirambe.

  2. Varoma 1 vs 25 uye Zakaria 8 vs 16-17 Nekuti chokwadi hachikundwe nenhema. Nekudaro, Jehovah zvamburai
    avo vose varikukonzera kutambura kwevanhu venyu muZimbabwe nepasi rose. Samasimba vana venyu tanzwa nenhamo nematambudziko munyika yamakatipa imi. Todisawo kudya uchi nemukaka Musiki wedenga nenyika. Baba torayi hozheri dzose, uye kana ndiri mumwe wavowo handirambe.

  3. it was jst a matter of time before these prophets of doom spoke,they enginered this whole scenario like always for political benefit if you study well doctors and teachers and lately vendors hv a history of being used as political pawns in zim politics by opposition from the days of Tswangirai to cause unrest in our country,yes they need a better life but not over dead bodies in hospitals and by pushing an political agenda of mr jecha thats unethical

  4. Now that the looming labour unrest is a reality, the government has to live to its billing before things get out of hand.
    We are living in a “monkey see, monkey do” society where the government has to explain the criteria behind the disbursement of luxurious vehicles to traditional leaders and other benefits to the legislators.
    Having set the precedence, we have to brace spontaneous demands from the civil servants every now and then lest we explain these variances – live and let live.
    Any attempt to crucify the opposition for the public economic outcry is misguided and regrettable.
    The sooner the government runs to contain the situation, the better.

  5. Khomuredi is lying and he is insulting the intelligence of doctors and teachers by implying that these professionals do not think for themselves. His naivity is excessive. He gets delighted by this disprortionate treatment if citizens of citizens by government. If the legislatirs in the same economy have their standard of living enhanced through being bought cars worthy US$100 000 each but teachers’ and doctors’ salaries are reduced in value four times from contractural aggreement value through the payment of bond notes or RTGS. The effect of sanctions and the shortage of foreign currency is mentioned when teachers’ and doctors’ salaries are supposed to be paid But when luxuries for legislators are acquired there is no mention of such sanctions and shortages. This hypocracy should STOP. GOVERNMENT NEEDS to lead its citizens by example. DOUBLE STANDARDS hurt!

  6. Khomuredi is yet another unbelievably stupid Zanu PF apologist who manages to completely ignore the obvious and just blames everything on the opposition. The government of national unity rescued Zimbabwe from the abyss because of the opposition in it… the minute government was Zanu PF led again, Zimbabwe starts sliding back towards the abyss. It is your fault Khomuredi that Zimbabwe is in this mess again, you voted for these idiots destroying our country!

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