Clinic Turns Away MDC Supporters
Bikita, August 22, 2012 – Nurses believed to be war veterans and Zanu (PF)
supporters are allegedly denying perceived Movement for Democratic Change
supporters medical treatment at Mukore clinic.
Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Jani Vharendini, said: “We are now
worried because our officials based in Bikita are no longer able to get a
medical treatment at some clinics. They are just turned away without any
concrete reason. Those who insist on getting treatment are just neglected
until they leave the clinic without getting any service.”
He said the matter had been reported to the Joint Monitoring and
Implementation Committee (JOMIC) in Masvingo to intervene.
“It’s true that some rogue war veterans who are nurses at the two hospitals
and their young militia nurses who we are certain underwent the Border Gezi
training before being recruited as nurses by Zanu (PF) are sending away our
supporters,” MDC provincial Information director, Honest Makanyire, also
told this Radio VOP reporter who had visited the area.
“They are denying them treatment because they say the medical institutions
belong to Zanu (PF) and this is dangerous to villagers who end up losing
their lives, while struggling pregnant mothers are left with no option than
to deliver their babies at home.”
Makanyire alleged the nurses were being led by their leader who is a
self –proclaimed war veteran, Tafara Mabasa at Bikita district hospital. He
alleged Mabasa had openly declared the institution was a no go area for the
MDC’s at a Zanu (PF) rally held in Bikita early this year.
“I am also a victim of this after I got turned away by Mabasa and his youth
militia nurses, said Bikita MDC chairman, Stephen Saidi.
“I was suffering from malaria and they openly told me to go to MDC hospitals
especially those owned by western countries. I had to travel to Masvingo
were I later got treatment.”
“But the situation is tricky for those who cannot afford to travel to other
places to get treatment. They will end up dying in their houses,” he said.
One MDC supporter was openly told to go and seek treatment from Tsvangirai.
She also accused Mabasa for being at the centre of harassing patients.
Efforts to get a comment from Mabasa were fruitless. The Zanu (PF)
provincial chairman, Lovemore Matuke said: “I have no comment for you.“
Masvingo Provincial Medical Director Robert Mudyiradima could not be reached
for a comment.