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Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa has a reputation and the ZPR cannot absolve that…

A strange statement from Zimbabwean police has sparked debate. The police are claiming there are unnamed criminals who are riding on President Mnangagwa’s name to commit fraud and theft. But the time has come for Mnangagwa to explain why he is surrounded by dubious characters. The President’s association with questionable elements must be interrogated in the national interest. It has become not only a risk to national security but tarnishes the country’s image. It also sends a message that crime pays and that proximity to power brings instant riches. From alleged gold smugglers to suspects accused of looting Cottco, there is a common thread: proximity to Zim 1. Not to mention Draxgate and Command Agriculture. It is scandalous that Mnangagwa is seen gladly receiving “donations” at State House from these shady characters” (The News Hawks, 05.09.2022).

It is really unique that the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) came out with the Statement on the 3rd September titled: “Criminal Acts by Suspects Abusing the Name of His Excellency, President E.D. Mnangagwa and the First Family”. That is what is discussed and rightfully so…

The Second Republic and the New Dispensation have most certainly never been delivered. The whole term of Mnangagwa hasn’t produced anything substantial or worthwhile. The ZANU-PF government has continued their inner-circle corruption, mismanagement and in the open cronyism. The President is in the centre of it and his regime is involved in questionable schemes. That is well known and no one should be shocked by it.

It is a reason why there is no trust from the government to the people. Everyone knows the regime does this and it’s been done for years. Mnangagwa hasn’t started anything new, but just making new ways of the inner-circle to eat. If it is arranging deals which serves his cronies and not the people. Like the collecting trash deal in Harare recently. That is a heist… but that’s how the ZANU-PF operates and it’s well established.

The ZRP can act like we are fools and we are oblivious to the facts. Mnangagwa and his inner-circle is filled with dubious cronies, which are entitled to their money-making-schemes. It isn’t like their wealth comes out of nowhere. That is financed and fixed by the state and they are all accepting it. A smooth operation and kickbacks, which are a crippling effect on the economy. That’s just happens to be one of the reasons why there is a lack of trust and having rising inflations as well.

That’s why the statement from the law enforcement is futile. They think it’s wise and sounds smart. There might be people tricking and scheming without the knowledge of the Office of the President. However, who would spot a difference? It isn’t like the President or his men is pure or have a clean slate. They already have a bad rep and people are playing along with it.

The ZRP cannot absolve him or make Mnangagwa look innocent. Yes, this is a way of publicity and possibly look into people who has fallen out of favours. However, the President and the ZANU-PF can act like it’s all nonsense… but we know what is going on. It is a reason why the ZANU-PF elite is enriching themselves in office and they are living larger than business-men. Therefore, the President knows this too and the ZRP is just being playful here really.

It is really hard to believe and as I earlier said… it is hard to see a difference between possible scammers or the insider-trading/grand corruption scandals involving the President and his men. Peace.

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Opinion: VP Chiwenga should look onto himself before he judge others…

The country’s health sector faces challenges which include shortage of skilled personnel. These will not be addressed overnight, but over time” (…) “Our aim is to reduce the financially draining medical tourism where our citizens seek healthcare outside the country” – Vice President Constantino Chiwinga (Josephine Mugiyo – ‘Government aiming to reduce outward medical tourism – VP Chiwenga’ 15.07.2022).

The Vice-President of Zimbabwe, General Constantino Chiwenga has today addressed something important. Even though the message is fine in itself. His the wrong bearer of the message. Because, anyone who has followed his years in office. Knows that the VP has himself been a medical tourist.

The VP has in 2019 and in 2020 travelled abroad for medical treatment. A man or a person that is sick should be able to seek medical treatment. That should be an option for anyone. However, that doesn’t mean that everyone will be able to travel abroad for treatment.

VP Chiwenga has power and is a high ranking official in the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) and a the Vice President as well. This means that he abilities which other couldn’t afford or have access too. That’s why the VP could travel far and wide to get treatment.

Here is some stories… and what he did himself not to long ago.

In 2019:

Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga on Saturday returned to the country four months after he was flown to China to seek medical treatment, according to state broadcaster ZBC” (…) “Chiwenga, 63, was airlifted to China in July for further medical tests on an unspecified illness. Before that he had been out of office for more than two months and was admitted in a hospital in South Africa before being taken to China” (David Ochieng Mbewa – ‘Zimbabwe VP Chiwenga returns following medical treatment’ 23.11.2019, CGTN Africa).

In 2020:

HARARE – Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has been flown to China for treatment – just months after declaring that the government was banning health tourism, ZimLive can reveal” (…) “Chiwenga has received treatment in India, South Africa and China over the last year after going down with an undisclosed illness which manifested in loss of skin pigmentation, weight loss and an apparent skin irritation which caused him to sit animatedly whilst sweating profusely” (ZimLive – ‘Chiwenga flown out for treatment despite vow to ban medical tourism’ 08.12.2020).

If the VP had been anything alike other citizens in Harare. He wouldn’t have trips abroad to get treatment. Neither have the funds or the access to be there for months. People wouldn’t be able or have the funds to carry the costs of treatment for so long.

The VP should maybe seek medical treatment at Harare Central Hospital or Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals. Nevertheless, I doubt he would ever do that. As the VP he knows very well the state of the hospitals and why the health sector is having big challenges. That’s because the ZANU-PF haven’t invested or prioritized it. They haven’t cared or haven’t really been concerned about for years. The shortfall has been covered by the NGOs and CSOs. So, the ZANU-PF knows perfectly well why the health sector is struggling now.

The VP should personally not travel to South Africa, India or China for medical treatment. That is something he has does and everyone knows that. With this in mind, this doesn’t reflect well on his character. This is hypocrisy at its finest. Peace.

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