‘FIRE THEM ALL’ VP Mphoko de­mands ax­ing of cor­rupt hos­pi­tal staff

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VICE Pres­i­dent Cde Phelekezela Mphoko yes­ter­day said cor­rupt of­fi­cials at pub­lic hos­pi­tals such as Mpilo Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal and the United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals must be fired for fleec­ing pa­tients.

With­out minc­ing his words, VP Mphoko said there was con­flict of in­ter­est at some in­sti­tu­tions as some of­fi­cials ran busi­nesses sim­i­lar to that of their em­ployer.

The VP said this while ad­dress­ing res­i­dents in Area Two of Old Pu­mula sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo where he handed over 2 900 day-old chicks.

VP Mphoko said he was dis­mayed by re­ports that some of­fi­cials were sab­o­tag­ing Gov­ern­ment phar­ma­cies at these in­sti­tu­tions while run­ning their own.

“Imali et­shontshi­weyo ay­ibu­sisekanga (stolen money is not blessed). There are thieves in our hos­pi­tals for in­stance Mpilo, UBH and Ingut­sheni, pro­fes­sional thieves who are pro­tected by law.

“There are con­sul­ta­tion fees paid by pa­tients when they visit hos­pi­tals . . . that money must be chan­nelled to­wards buy­ing med­i­ca­tion but we don’t know where that money is go­ing,” said VP Mphoko.

“There are el­derly peo­ple and vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple who are strug­gling to sur­vive then we’ve peo­ple who are given re­spon­si­bil­ity to as­sist and in­stead they take ad­van­tage of these vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple and make them pay ex­or­bi­tant fees”.

VP Mphoko had no kind words for ex­ec­u­tives who were al­low­ing cor­rup­tion to go on un­der their noses.

“We’ve ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cers who are re­spon­si­ble for the lives of peo­ple, given re­spon­si­bil­ity by the Gov­ern­ment to take care of peo­ple in hos­pi­tals but they take ad­van­tage of that.

“They then go and open a phar­marcy tak­ing ad­van­tage of peo­ple, it’s very wrong, it’s rot­ten,” he said.

“We must take ac­tion and fire those peo­ple be­cause we can­not al­low that, peo­ple are suf­fer­ing and they look up to the Gov­ern­ment but the Gov­ern­ment can­not be ev­ery­where that’s why it ap­points peo­ple.

“If there is some­thing like that, who ever is above you is also ques­tion­able. If you are given a re­spon­si­bil­ity to serve peo­ple you must do so dili­gently not to cheat them.”

VP Mphoko said those who felt like steal­ing must leave of­fice to go and start their own busi­nesses rather than fleece pa­tients who need their as­sis­tance.

“The Gov­ern­ment al­lows that each hos­pi­tal runs a phar­macy. They then sab­o­tage that phar­macy by run­ning their own par­al­lel phar­ma­cies, fleec­ing old and vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple who end up buy­ing from the pri­vate phar­ma­cies.

“We’ve what is called con­flict of in­ter­est, it’s not per­mis­si­ble for an of­fi­cial to run a busi­ness the same as their em­ploy­ers,” he said.

Turn­ing to the chicken pro­ject, VP Mphoko urged re­cip­i­ents to take the em­pow­er­ment drive se­ri­ously and en­sure that it be­comes a run­ning busi­ness.

“What’s im­por­tant is that you ac­cept what we’re giv­ing you and value it. It’s yours, it’s not for me or my wife, ngok­wenu.

Make use of this pro­ject as it may help you set­tle bills and pay school fees for your chil­dren,” said VP Mphoko.

He chal­lenged res­i­dents to tap into other em­pow­er­ment projects and not wait for Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives. — @Aux­il­iaK.

Vice Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko and wife, Lau­rinda, hand over a do­na­tion of day-old chicks in Pu­mula, Bu­l­awayo, yes­ter­day

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