Minister Of Finance Attracts Ridicule After Starting Crowd Funding Campaign To Raise Money For Cholera

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Newly appointed Minister of Finance and Economic Development Professor Mthuli has come under fire and attracted ridicule after he started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to fight the cholera outbreak which has claimed at least 25 lives so far. Writing on Twitter, Professor Ncube said,

Together with my colleagues at Min of Health, we have set up an auditable emergency crowdfund to further efforts to fight cholera to date. Together we can win! Min Of Finance Cholera Crowd Fund:
EcoCash Biller Code 140286; CBZ Treasury, ACC 21537300017, Selous REF: FIGHT CHOLERA

…Cholera Crowd Fund. Please support it through your valuable donations. Thank you. Hon Prof Mthuli Ncube, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Zimbabwe

However, the appeal did not go down well with some who felt shortchanged by a government which they accused of having misplaced priorities. People highlighted that the government managed to buy vehicles for traditional chiefs as well as for war veterans yet it is now failing to find money to fight cholera and save lives. Other people also pointed out that the government should not be calling for crowdfunding campaigns when it actually collects taxes from the citizens.

Here are some of the responses to the Minister’s call for donations,

Mthuli Ncube

Professor Mthuli Ncube is the Minister of Finance and Economic Development.He was the Chief Economist and Vice President of the African Development Bank ,financial, economics, investment, and public policy expert, entrepreneur and academic. Professor Ncube divides his time between the private sector in Switzerland and... Read More About Mthuli Ncube

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5 comments

  1. gail Reply

    Come on peeps – this cholera outbreak is all of our problem and let’s not knock our Minister for trying anything and everything in the face of this crisis. I don’t think new vehicles and chartered planes were of his doing and even if they were – people’s lives are worth more than petty finger pointing. Those who can, should give, and those who don’t want to help should do more than just wash their hands of this.

  2. Kid Reply

    No body forced anyone to contribute! That’s the problem with Zimbabweans, too selfish to worry about your neighbour. New dispensation, we stand, fight and build together. Way to go Minister!

  3. Anonymous Reply

    new dispensation yakabhadhara ndege ya grace 1.5 million, yotadza kupa mari to the healthcare yenyika with people dying of cholera in this day and age, anotopenga minister uyu, pihwa mari negovernment yaukushandira, ndiyo inemari

  4. tawanda Reply

    Kid and Gail , you can contribute for those guys to buy themselves more expensive cars and hire more chattered planes . If they can abuse your taxes like that , what will stop them from abusing any donation? Yes,you are right that Zimbabweans are too selfish to worry about their neighbor. That is why they are worried about their luxury more than they are worried about the welfare of the masses and taxpayers die of diseases preventable by ordinary means like cholera and typhoid .

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