Yesterday, one of Zimbabwe’s wealthiest families, the Masiyiwa family, offer to help pay for doctor’s salaries and medical equipment through their non-profit foundation.
The offer has received a mixed reaction from some Zimbabweans on social media with one group criticising the family for overstepping their role as a foundation and others praising them for taking responsibility to help end the ongoing health crisis in the country.
We list below some of the reactions:
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It’s his money of course, but you can’t escape the feeling that a man who thinks Emmerson Mnangagwa is “sincere” is trying to buy time for Zanu PF. Happy to be wrong because ultimately, our doctors need money and patients their doctors @zimlive – Mduduzi Mathuthu
Should problem solving be personalized? What is needed to make Zimbabwe a winner? The issue of doctors does not require a sellotape job. It requires introspection before any knee jerk reaction because the problems are far too big – Mutumwa Mawere
Strive Masiyiwa for the enormous public service initiative while gov addresses the long term issues. Thats what we call patriotism on display not people who claim to have fought to liberate Zim and in return put it in chains again – Pedzisayi Ruhanya
Dear Zimbabweans It is not Strive’s responsibility to pay doctors or any civil servant.All donations in the name of kindness kills agency in citizens & creates a free rider crisis. Citizens have to demand their government to deliver. After 6 months you are back to this & what
Philanthropic work while commendable should always be subjected to a critique. The donation from Strive is a short term fix to a government that has very misplaced priorities. 3 critical issues to look at )Timing 3)Impact 3) Amounts. – Glen Sungano Mpani