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Zanu-PF mocks Cyclone Idai kills 98

by Mandla Ndlovu
19 Mar 2019 at 08:58hrs | Views
In a thinly veiled attack on the Zimbabwe Doctors for Human Rights (ZDHR), Zanu-PF has called on doctors to come out and help the victims of Cyclone Idai as they did to the victims of Shutdown Zimbabwe.

"We call upon all doctors who were giving free medical help to all injured during the shut down to render the same to victims of Cyclone Idai." The party posted on its Twitter account.

The statement comes barely a month after a damning report by the National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) alleged that doctors who were treating the victims are being hunted down by state security agents.

"Human rights doctors who have been treating the wounded are now in hiding as the state is hunting them down for treating victims of military and police brutality which has resulted in several deaths and injuries to civilians," said the report.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa told a Zanu-PF rally in Mwenezi, Masvingo province in February that his government had started sniffing out human rights lawyers, doctors and nurses who provided medical and legal assistance to hundreds of civilians injured and arrested in a State-sponsored crackdown following last month's violent protests.

Meanwhile, The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights executive director Calvin Fambirai said with the emerging health and medical challenges, they would be deploying doctors to the affected communities.

He said most donations needed were fuel, food (dried or tinned) beans, water, mealie meal, portable gas stoves, blankets, warm clothing, IV fluids, chronic and other essential medicines, water, cooking utensils, tents and stretcher beds as well as vehicles.

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