Controversy over Zimbabwe crowd funding campaign to combat cholera outbreak

The Zimbabwean government has launched a crowd funding campaign to help in the outbreak of cholera in Harare. The infection so far has already claimed the lives of 25 persons, leaving more than 3,000 infected. After new finance minister, Mthuli Ncube sent an appeal on twitter, sharing the mobile payment account numbers; the civilians accused the government of mismanagement of public funds.

Some of them shared on twitter;

As cholera spreads, an emergency has been declared and public gatherings banned in the country’s capital. It should be noted that this is the President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s first real challenge since his inauguration. Reports say the outbreak began in September, after water wells were contaminated with sewage in Harare; detecting the presence of cholera and typhoid-causing bacteria.

The World Health Organization (W.H.O) has urged the government to look for a solution as soon as possible. The W.H.O further said the disease has spread to 5 of the country’s 10 provinces. This outbreak reminds us of the 2008 cholera outbreak, under President Mugabe which killed 4,000 and at least 100,000 infected, forcing Mugabe to agree a power-sharing government with the opposition due to the lack of funds.

A reasonable amount has already been raised from the crowd funding;

Now, will Mnangagwa triumphantly overcome his first challenge?


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