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Another Zimbabwean politician in SA hospital

by MARCUS MUSHONGA
HARARE, (CAJ News) YET another Zimbabwean politician is seeking medical treatment in South Africa in a development highlighting the collapse of
the country’s formerly revered health sector.

Ignatius Chombo

Ignatius Chombo, the former minister of finance who is facing corruption charges, has been receiving attention in the neighbouring country for an
undisclosed illness.

This emerged during his trial in Harare where a warrant of arrest had been issued after he initially failed to turn up in court.

His lawyers confirmed this was because he was undergoing treatment in South Africa.

The courts have since remanded him out of custody to March 15 and allowed him to return to South Africa.

Chombo was finance minister when the military overthrew the then-president, Robert Mugabe, in 2017.

Ironically, the man who masterminded the coup, and now Deputy President, Constantino Chiwenga, is admitted at a hospital, reportedly in Cape Town,
where he is battling skin ailment.

They are among a list of politicians and the wealth elite abandoning Zimbabwe’s crumbling health sector to seek treatment in the neighbouring country.

A majority are left to seek treatment in ill-equipped hospitals further bogged by striking health workers.

The government of Mugabe is blamed for the dilapidation of the sector.

He (Mugabe) regularly seeks treatment in Asian countries, at the expense of the taxpayer.

– CAJ News

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