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.