Chamisa promises ED lucrative pension

HARARE - MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa, pictured, says he will reward President Emmerson Mnangagwa with a lucrative pension if he wins next month’s presidential race.

“The only person who is going to support and who will want us to remain in power is Mnangagwa; he is going to get his pension and he will be the happiest person in Zimbabwe because we are going to give him a lucrative pension,” Chamisa told party supporters at a rally in Gokwe last week.

This comes as most pensioners in Zimbabwe are struggling to make ends meet with some of them barely managing to have a decent meal a day.

Their savings vanished when the country’s dollar lost value and was subsequently dumped in 2009.

Most pensioners are getting a measly monthly allowance of $60.

Chamisa told the bumper crowd that when elected into power, no senior government official, including him, will be allowed to seek medical service outside Zimbabwe.

“I am going to make sure that there is no minister who will go outside the country seeking medical service when our medical institutions are in poor state and do not have drugs. We must make sure that our hospitals have drugs and from that everyone will benefit,” he said.

“On governance issues, our MDC government which is the next government will govern and not rule. Governance involves engaging and listening to the people. Our government will be the government of the people unlike Zanu PF. We are going to look after everyone regardless of their political affiliation.”

Most local leaders seek medical treatment in foreign hospitals as the country’s health institutions are in a deplorable state.

Government is still failing to fund the health sector 15 years after it pledged to allocate at least 15 percent of its annual budget to health care by 2015 in line with the Abuja Declaration.

In this year’s National Budget, government allocated 7,7 percent of its $5,1 billion purse to the Health and Child Care ministry.

To help fund the health sector, Chamisa said his government will introduce a health levy to cater for cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

“We are going to introduce a levy to help people who are suffering from cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure. On antiretroviral drugs, we are going to make them available so that people have time to go to music galas,” he said.

He also promised to turn Gokwe town into a city.

“You are very important, the people of Gokwe, you grow cotton and you must benefit from that.

“I am going to make sure that I will turn Gokwe into a town. Mnangagwa has failed this country, I saw the roads here they are in bad state.

“Prices started to increase when Mnangagwa grabbed power, he has totally failed,” added Chamisa.

His statement seemed to be a response to Mnangagwa, who has repeated that the country was “open for business” after almost four decades of oppressive rule by former leader Robert Mugabe.

Mnangagwa, who took the top job in November following Mugabe’s dramatic resignation, has repeatedly said his priority now was embracing the international community and modernising infrastructure.


Comments (12)

Chamisa is good at selling exaggerated promises , that have no solid backup.

chamunorwa - 26 June 2018

i am sorry who have good promise to smile since 1980-2018 in powers

obiza - 26 June 2018

i have to pay a fee to help people that did not take care of their health ?? , bollock !! , i don't mind helping the rural folk. Gokwe town into a City ,why Chamisa why ?? , towns grow into cities due to economic and population growth influences kwete kungoti chero ndaita. Gokwe is a rural town - and that is enough. I live in the rural too , all i need is where to buy a tractor , a combine harvest , a Land Rover or Bentayga for Nkosikazi , a market to sale my products , few shops to get a tweed , chateau boots , and a beretta or Holland and Holland 'Royal' Deluxe for the hunt. Environment friendly rural towns with a sound economy, kwete Zvigure Cities.

Prince Robengura - 26 June 2018

Chamunorwa, How has the last 40 years in power with ZANU PF worked out for the country? ZANU apologists just criticise yet their party really has not much to show for 40 years in power. How many promises have we heard that actually came to be from ZANU? Think man think. So you want more of the same? Your people dying of curable diseases and them sleeping in bank queues? You ZANU pople are a curse to our beautiful land. Iwe Prince, You don't need tall buildings for a place to be a city.

Rasta - 26 June 2018

mfana chamisa dzikama chero basa awutorina .unoiwanepi yekupa Ed .ndye angatokupa

madikizela - 26 June 2018

kwana iwe chamisa wanzwa

Evyline Dube - 26 June 2018

this immaturity should not be tolerated at all cost. we have been thee with mugabe

sankara - 26 June 2018

Let Chamisa dream. It is his right to have a vision. Inga wani you have your successes too ..Chombo and Chiyangwa owning half of Harare, Chihuri and Kasukuwere leaving in mansions they are embarrassed to claim lest they are asked to explain how they got the money. Multiple farm ownerships, hard cash cash aplenty....celebrate your successes. And you even have some money to donate to Khupe

Diaspora Proxy Vote Strategy - 26 June 2018

There is no pension big enough for someone who owns a city and has unlimited access to diamond revenue.

jongwe rachembera - 27 June 2018

all chamisa's speeches are childish hey he needs help serious Zimbabweans do not listen to this nonsense when we need a serious government with mature people like ED. In just 6 months this man has done tangible things. i pledge my vote to ED for the Effort he has shown so far i'm patient with him.

fogofire - 27 June 2018

childish behavior haiite guys kumunhu anoda kuita President. chamisa macartoon anoawanza i will support ED for his efforts guys kana azobhaiza tozoona mberi kwazvo

kid mrongorongo - 27 June 2018

It seems Chamisa can say n thing to win the presidency;but I think people may only want to test the depth of ED's so called new dispensation,to find out exactly what it can deliver in terms of democracy & economic recovery-veduwe tanzwa ne namo caused by economic underdevelopment.This ED appear a new thing after Mugabe. I support the idea people voting all the way they do for MPs.councellors etc,whether MDC or ZANU PF ,OTHER PARTIES or independence -hanzi tinongovotera bhiza rinoshanda but at least should reject Chamisa at the presidency

addmore gudo - 30 June 2018

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