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    Police stops Build Zim Alliance doctors’ outreach in Mapanzure


    Ranganai Pazorora


    CAROLINE CHIMINYA

    MASVINGO RURAL – There was anger among villagers in Masvingo Central Constituency when Build Zimbabwe Alliance candidate for Masvingo Central, Ranganai Pazorora was allegedly stopped by Police from providing free medical doctors to villagers.
    The outreach did not just provide free doctors but diagnosed people were also given free medication.
    In addition to the doctors, the party was barred from giving free food to school children.
    The incidents were confirmed by Pazorora in an interview with The Mirror who said that the programme was stopped by cops from Muchakata Police Station.
    Efforts to get a comment from the Police were fruitless.
    Pazorora however, said that he gave an audio recording of the incidents to Zanu PF, the EU and other international observers and the matter was rectified with Zanu PF making an apology for the incident.
    Pazorora had brought in three specialist doctors who were camped at Chamakondo on June 30, Mashenjere on July 1 and Mapanzure on July 2, 2018 and more than 800 people turned up at the clinics.
    However, after a successful start Police then stopped the process from going on at Mapanzure and Mashenjere.
    Pazorora said it was sad for Police to stop a programme meant to benefit the disadvantaged members of society who cannot afford to get medical service on their own. He said that villagers were angry when midway through the programme they were told that it would not continue because it was politically motivated.
    "I'm very happy that I got my tooth extracted. It costs around $40 to get one's tooth extracted but this was done on me all for free. I didn't believe that there could be such a program but here we are, I am very happy these are good people," said Thandiwe Chakupa one of the beneficiaries.
    "The main purpose of the outreach is to relieve pressure on the small number of doctors in the district who can barely visit clinics in the outlying areas because of work at the district hospitals.
    "The program was a success though the second and third day were not successful as just a few people were being treated due to some misunderstanding with Muchakata Police officers who called and told us that we were not allowed to assist people at Mapanzure Clinic because the programme was political," he said. 
    "We are happy that people are coming and we hope we will be able to help them all," said Judith Mangwayana one of the doctors.
    Local news.

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