Govt pleads with US for cash

MASVINGO - The Zimbabwean government has pleaded with the United States administration to increase funding for HIV programmes.

Robert Mudyiradima, Masvingo provincial medical director, begged US ambassador, Bruce Wharton, to increase the amount of funding they offer to the country to help the ailing health sector.

“We appreciate the assistance in terms of funding and sponsorship from the US government and I am pleading with the ambassador to continue to fund us in the health sector and various other programmes, as we fight to curb HIV/Aids,” he said at the Auxillia Chimusoro Awards funded by the US embassy.

“But Mr Ambassador I am appealing that you may do this with a special interest of Masvingo. Spare us some few thousand dollars in future and we will continue our fight with the disease.”

The medical director spent most of his presentation soliciting for funds from the US government.

The US envoy pledged to continue assisting the country.

Wharton  said his government  has a $2 billion budget for Zimbabwe and spent about $130 million in the fight against HIV/Aids.

“The US government is committed to assisting the Zimbabwean government in various sectors,” Wharton said.

“We spent $2bn in 2013 in various sectors but we have special funds for the fight against HIV/Aids.”

Wharton said his government will continue to work with the Health ministry and other government institutions to curb diseases in the country.

The ambassador was officiating at the presentation of the Auxillia Chimusoro Awards that are rewarded to individuals whose work is recognised in the fight against HIV/Aids.

This year the awards were scooped by four youths from different ART colleges who contributed in the fight through their pieces of ART work.

The award is funded by the US government in recognition  of the first Zimbabwean to go public about her HIV status in 1989, the late Auxillia Chimusoro.

Comments (8)

Why is this medical director begging for funds from the west ? Does he not know that Zanu PF does not nwant to see the west at all ? Now our dear leader will suffer a near heart attack due to this lowly fawning by an unpatriotic medical director . Does he not know that Zimbabwe will never be a country ( oops... colony ) again ?

analyst - 4 December 2013

Why is this medical director begging for funds from the west ? Does he not know that Zanu PF does not nwant to see the west at all ? Now our dear leader will suffer a near heart attack due to this lowly fawning by an unpatriotic medical director . Does he not know that Zimbabwe will never be a country ( oops... colony ) again ?

analyst - 4 December 2013

Haiwawo dai dai vasingade USA zvedi why use the USD

tonde - 4 December 2013

@analyst can you see your Chinese friends invited you to a one way party??Now you ask for cash from the hand you have bitten!

cloud - 4 December 2013

'The USA spent $2bn in Zimbabwe in 2013' really cant the government contact a forensic audit to ascertain where axcatly the funds were directed.

mbatatisi - 4 December 2013

How about asking the Chinese for assistance. You only need the Americans when it is convenient for Zimbabwe. The Chinese have grabbed all the diamonds under our very noses but nobody dares ask them for funding for anything. Seems Zimbabwe wants to have their cake and eat it. Stop bothering the Americans,please. Zimbabwe will never be a colony again!

joseph - 4 December 2013

The USA should assist those affected and infected with HIV/AIDS BUT not through government because the govt is composed of thieves from top to bottom. Rather assist through NGOs.

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 5 December 2013

Can't the "all weather friends" friends be seen to be taking a leading role in assisting us. They are busy stealing our resources i.e. diamonds, gold, elephants' tusks etc. Can anyone stand up and confidently say that this is genuine or receprical friendship. Whatever it is that we are paying for to these Chinese is a real mystery. Please Zanu-pf, explain to us.

tomasi tohwi - 5 December 2013

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