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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Satur­day, Au­gust 18, 1991 — The Mata­bele­land North Provin­cial Gover­nor, Ma­jorGen­eral Je­van Maseko, has ap­pealed to the Min­istry of Health to re­con­sider its de­ci­sion not to al­low the con­struc­tion of a sec­ond pri­vate hospi­tal in Bu­l­awayo.

Con­tribut­ing to the Pres­i­den­tial de­bate re­cently in the House of As­sem­bly, the Gover­nor ques­tioned the cri­te­ria used by the Min­istry of Health in grant­ing per­mis­sion for the con­struc­tion of pri­vate hos­pi­tals.

He said a few weeks af­ter the Min­istry of Health had re­fused per­mis­sion for Bu­l­awayo res­i­dents to build their own pri­vate hospi­tal, con­struc­tion of a pri­vate hospi­tal be­gan in Masvingo.

He said Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil had granted a piece of land to the Min­istry of Health for the con­struc­tion of a hospi­tal but no pos­i­tive re­sponse had been re­ceived. Bu­l­awayo had to have a new hospi­tal, he said, be­cause of the con­ges­tion at ex­ist­ing hos­pi­tals.

The Gover­nor also ques­tioned the use of the word indigenous to mean only black Zim­bab­weans by the Indigenous Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Cen­tre.

He said to re­fer to blacks only as indigenous was a form of racism. He said the word should re­fer to loyal Zim­bab­weans regard­less of race. There were many whites who had small busi­nesses and were poor and needed help just like their black busi­ness coun­ter­parts, he said.

Ef­forts to con­tact the Min­istry of Health for a com­ment were fruit­less.

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