Red tape de­lays Mpilo, UBH do­na­tion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili

DO­NATED blan­kets meant for three hospi­tals in Bu­l­awayo and Gwanda are stuck at the Zim­babwe Rev­enue Au­thor­ity ware­house in Beit­bridge due to al­leged red tape.

The pres­i­dent of the South Africa-Zim­babwe Busi­ness Con­nect, Mr Jus­tice Maphosa, said last Au­gust he sourced blan­kets for Mpilo Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal, the United Bu­l­awayo Hospi­tals and Gwanda Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal, but they were still stuck in a Zimra ware­house in Beit­bridge due to al­leged red tape.

Mr Maphosa said he sourced 1 000 blan­kets and an elec­tric wheel chair for a Harare man, but he was now be­ing forced to pay stor­age fees for the goods. “It’s a bonded ware­house, and it’s ex­pen­sive to keep them there. The ex­pense does not bother me be­cause we ship in stuff and it gets held there. But what re­ally makes me sad is that it’s a do­na­tion for hospi­tals. It’s a do­na­tion for three hospi­tals Mpilo, United Bu­l­awayo Hospi­tals and Gwanda hos­pi­tal. Gwanda got 200 blan­kets, UBH 400 blan­kets and Mpilo 400,” said Mr Maphosa.

He said he was go­ing through a cum­ber­some process to get the goods cleared.

Mr Maphosa said red tape was sti­fling de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try. “They take you from pil­lar to post. To­day they need this doc­u­ment to­mor­row they need that doc­u­ment. They seem to be less in­ter­est in get­ting them cleared. They’re look­ing for this doc­u­ment and that doc­u­ment. You’ll never know what ex­actly they need. There is al­ways a new doc­u­ment that they need,” said Mr Maphosa.

“We can’t treat a do­na­tion like that, we can’t treat in­vest­ment wrongly. It’s a door that knocks once and it’s gone. If I was some­one who is short tem­pered and short sighted I would have with­drawn those blan­kets and sold them back in South Africa and got­ten my money back.”

He said de­lays in clear­ing the blan­kets were frus­trat­ing the other de­vel­op­men­tal projects they have in the coun­try.

Zimra’s spokesper­son Mr Cani­sio Mudz­imu re­quested that ques­tions be put in writ­ing but had not re­sponded by the time of go­ing to print. — @nqot­shili

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