HARARE- President Emmerson Mnangagwa has pledged US$ 100 million towards the Global fund at a time Zimbabwe’s medical practitioners are currently in an ongoing strike, a move which shows that he is not in touch with reality, commentators said.
Mnangagwa who is in France for the sixth Global Fund replenishment event, acknowledged the importance of the fund in Zimbabwe’s fight against HIV, TB and Malaria.
He, however, went on to donate US$ 1 million towards the fund which seeks to raise $14 million to fight HIV, Malaria and TB in the world.
Global Fund confirmed Mnangagwa’s pledge on their twitter account.
“President Emmerson Mnangagwa has pledged to donate US$ 1 million towards the Global Fund,” the message read.
Meanwhile, Zimbabweans took to social media to vent their anger on the donation saying that the donation shows that president Mnangagwa is not sensitive to the plight of thousands of Zimbabweans who are being turned away from hospitals due to the on-going strike by doctors who are demanding salary increment and better working conditions.
The strike has gone over a month now, and Government and the practitioners have not reached an agreement.
Meanwhile, main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, on Thursday toured public hospitals in Harare to access the dire situation.
“The situation we are seeing at these hospitals is dire, and it high time we stop playing games and leaders,” Chamisa said.
Finance minister Mthuli in his 2019 budget statement said Government was going to spend within its limits and employ robust austerity measures.