Thursday, 7 July 2016

"Mukadzi waMugabe" Chinamasa tells Mugabe overseas health trips "need attention" by Wilbert Mukori

The country’s deplorable health situation made worse by Mugabe’s persistence in flying out of the country for all his and his family’s health needs is the one issue that had the smooth talking Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa stammering lost for words on BBC Hardtalk!

“We have discussed how bad the hospitals are, maternity healthcare in particular is awful,” said the Hardtalk presenter, Zeinab Badawi. And the people see President Mugabe’s daughter jetting off to give birth somewhere else.

“How do you think most Zimbabweans would view that?”

Minister Chinamasa had accepted the invitation to appear on Hardtalk because it was an opportunity for the Zanu PF regime to once again blame the British government of PM Tony Blair for reneging on its commitments to fund the land redistribution which left Mugabe with no choice but to seize the white owned farms to give to the landless blacks. The British and its Western Allies responded to the farm seizure by imposing sanctions of Zimbabwe.

 Sanctions are “the Genesis” of Zimbabwe’s economic problem, insisted Minister Chinamasa.  

Minister Chinamasa has been in Mugabe’s government for donkey years and he, of all Mugabe’s cronies, is well versed in the tyrant’s tactics of denying responsibility for everything that has gone wrong and blaming it all on “the illegal sanctions imposed by the evil British Imperialists and their Allies.” But even a seasoned parrot like Chinamasa can fluff his lines. 

“We should go for a situation where most Zimbabweans are seeking treatment at home and not outside!” replied the Minister, after repeated attempt to avoid answering the question. The question of Mugabe and his family jetting off at the drop of a hat even for the most routine health checks is, without doubt, the one question that took the Minister way outside his comfort zone.

The President’s daughter and her entourage of security details and the usual hangers-on jetted off to the Far East and were there for more than a month. The President’s wife and her entourage then joined the daughter and they too were there for more than a month. Then the President too jetted off with his own even bigger team of security details and hangers-on in a hired Air Zimbabwe Jet to pick up his daughter, wife, grandson, and their entourage. He did not land, pick them up and fly back; no he was in the Far East three days.

Minister Chinamasa must have fallen off his chair when he was given the bill; Bona and her entourage’s airfare, hospital and hotel bill and similarly Grace and her entourage and, of course, Mugabe’s bill were all at public expense. Mugabe’s overseas health checks cost $3 million; in 2012 alone he made 12 such trips. The cost to the nation of Mugabe’s grandson must be $10 million, at least!

“If the $10 million of public money spent on President Mugabe’s grandson, had been spent up grading one maternity ward in just one of Zimbabwe’s Hospitals surely the facility would have matched that of the Far East Hospital Bona used. The country would have benefited because the first class ward would now be used by other Zimbabwean mothers too. You are not blaming this criminal waste of the nation’s resources on the British too are you?” Zeinab Badawi could have asked the, by then fidgeting Chinamasa. She did not have to because it is clear the Minister had asked himself that question a thousand times.

“So the situation where some Zimbabweans feel that they should go outside the country (for treatment at PUBLIC expense) clearly needs attention!” admitted Minister Chinamasa.

It was the firebrand Margret Dongo, herself a former Zanu PF MP and a war veteran, who said all Zanu PF leaders were Mugabe’s wives “Vakadzi vaMugabe!” because none of them had the guts to stand up Mugabe even over a great national importance and the tyrant was hopelessly wrong! The present cases being one such case where Mugabe’s decision to squander millions of dollars of public money on foreign health trip whilst the local health service, starved of funds, fails to provide even the most basic service is nothing short of high treason.

Tendai Biti, Zimbabwe’s former MDC Minister of Finance, has had to tell Mugabe to reduce his globe-trotting to save money. Biti refused to pay University fees of the students on the Presidential Scholarship – a highly partisan arrangement to benefit the children of Zanu PF party loyalists’ children but at taxpayer’s expense.

For a seasoned mukadzi waMugabe like Patrick Chinamasa telling Mugabe through the Hardtalk forum – he clearly is too blushful to tell the tyrant face to face – that the mounting bills for overseas health trips “need attention” is the closest Chinamasa will ever get to telling Mugabe enough is enough of this criminal waste of public resources to gratify his and his family’s insatiable greed!


  1. The squandering of billions of dollars on Mugabe and his family's overseas junkets whilst millions of our people's health needs are ignored is high treason alright. How many would-be mothers and new born ba-bies have died over the years because our health service has all but collapsed? How many new born babies have died because the hospital or clinic did not have something as basic as incubator!

    For someone like Minister Chinamasa to continue to defend the tyrannical regime as he did on Hardtalk is an insult to the people of Zimbabwe. It is one thing giving blind loyalty to Mugabe, the subservient wives, vakadzi vaMugabe, but these men and women must also know that they own a duty and loyalty to the nation too. They oath of allegiance is to the nation state of Zimbabwe and not a power crazy tyrant who has rigged elections and murdered over 30 000 of our people to remain president!

    I hope that someday vakadzi vaMugabe will all be lined up and quizzed on how much they knew about all the looting and murderers that have been going on in Zimbabwe and what roll they played in it all. Even those "wives" who were kicked out of Zanu PF and are now in ZimPF and other parties will too have a lot to answer for.

    There is no doubt that people like Chinamasa chose out of selfishness to be subservient!

  2. The US says it does not expect many Zimbabweans to leave the country as a result of the recent rioting.

    It is a great pity that Zimbabwe should find itself in this mess; I would not wish it on anyone! What is really heart breaking is this is a black on black. We had the great misfortune of ending white colonial oppression only to replace it with black tyranny. All the sacrifices the people had made to end white rule were for nothing since they gain nothing!

    If the regime fails to change its ways following the recent protests then we can expect the rioting to get more violent as the people's anger boils over.

    Zanu PF has failed and the economic meltdown we see today says it all. Unemployment has soared to 90%, millions now live in abject poverty whilst corruption has soared to the high heavens. What more proof does this regime need for it to finally admit it has failed.

    If the country slide into violence and rioting it will be because this regime has pushed the people into it.

    If the violence escalates then there will be significant numbers of people leaving the country because they will have lost hope. If the next elections are rigged, that too will be another event that will trigger an exodus from Zimbabwe.

  3. Zanu PF’s response to the recent protest is to threaten those who dare challenge it.

    “State security organisations are working around the clock to put the situation under control and those found on the wrong side of the law will be severely dealt with. They are being seriously warned to desist from this unwanted behaviour,” said Chombo following the party’s politburo meeting.
    “Zanu PF is quite steadfast and is focused on what we need to do and we cannot be shaken by these activi-ties, not at all.”
    Zanu PF political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere said the party was sound and would soon deploy polit-buro members to apprise provincial executive members of Zanu PF’s strategies and direction, with Muga-be set to launch a series of rallies, starting with Mashonaland Central province tomorrow.
    Zanu PF rigged the 2013 elections and was confident it will rig economic recover; that has proven a bridge too far. The recent rioting and protest are by ordinary people saying they need meaningful change and an end to economic hardship they are facing. Zanu PF must accept it has failed and allow peaceful change. By burying its head in the sand and pretending that the recent protest will go away Zanu PF is leaving the people with no other way out but to step up their protest.

    The nation does not want any rioting or worse in Zimbabwe because these violent rebellions always end up with the destruction of property and injuries to people or worse, loss of lives. And yet no nation can endure what this nation is facing today without doing everything in its power to seek meaningful redress. President Mugabe and his cronies must know that they will be held responsible for any damages resulting from their refusal to accept peaceful change.