We have noted with concern that the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance (MDC-A), Nelson Chamisa, has attempted to profit out of a tragedy that has hit the nation.
Chamisa has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he is the master of grandstanding and an expert at taking advantage of dire situations to prop up his political image. However, despite his attempts to get the most out of the cholera outbreak, his recent visit to Glen View Clinic where cholera patients are admitted, worked only to expose his selfish intents.
Not once, not twice but three times has Nelson Chamisa tried to twist circumstances towards his own selfish gains, for political mileage to be precise. When doctors went on strike in 2017, petitioning the Government for a better remuneration, Chamisa grabbed the opportunity and rushed to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals where he a photo-shoot session with the helpless patients yet offering no solution to their dire situations. Chamisa has mastered the art of using vulnerability for his own selfish intents. He will use anything, any situation and anyone as long as it brings political profits for him. Don’t forget that he is the same person who went to an extent of staking his sister in a political bet
One would dare to ask, what input did Chamisa add to gratify the doctors so that they may return to work and ease the situation, or rather, what input did he give to better that child he grabbed from its mother to lessen the pain he was going through. It is more truthful to say after that photo went viral on all social media networks, Chamisa never dared look back or concern himself with the health and welfare of that child, its mother and all the patients that were at the different referral hospitals across the country. To him it served his populism agenda.
Imagine one who purports to be a mature leader of the opposition working cheap politics, such as those cheap women who are not satisfied with how God created them and so opt to bleach and re-make themselves up only to turn into clowns. Chamisa is such a leader, everything about him is not original but is made up of lies and imitation.
On Wednesday 12 September, Chamisa visited Glen View clinic under the guise of a concerned opposition leader, and he had the audacity to push the inadequacies of his party to clean up Harare’s water and sanitation systems that has led to this pandemic to the central Government. The MDC-A has been elected to run most of the major cities of this country for the past 20 years but instead they have to run them down. The sewer reticulation systems are down, there is no clean water in those suburbs that have running tap water; otherwise, the majority of suburbs running tap water is a rarity, thanks to the MDC councils.
This has been going on for 20 good years, and the ticking time bomb has suddenly popped, and what does MDC A leader do, instead of contributing toward the fight against cholera and typhoid, a product of his MDC A led councils, he decides to go for a photo shoot wearing the cholera garments. Not cool Mr Chamisa, it only exposes your childish overtures to serious national issues. What the people seek is a leader that is willing to go beyond political lines and affiliation and realise that fellow Zimbabweans are dying and take action to alleviate the problem. But that would be too much to ask from his shallow mind, perhaps because Raila Odinga hasn’t ordered him to do so.
A perfectly great example of visiting the hospital and offering assistance from the heart has been set out for you to emulate. First Lady Mai Auxilia Mnangagwa also made a tour not of just one referral hospital but all of them across the country. She made her assessment and set out to make a difference. She immediately took it upon herself to improve the cancer screening and detection by introducing the ‘Angel of Hope” that has gone across the country offering service, more so to the less privileged.
On the same day Chamisa visited Glenview Clinic the First Lady also visited Beatrice Infectious Hospital to see the affected and also to make her assessment. Instead of playing the blame game as Chamisa she proffered solutions, that people should give themselves time to clean up their surroundings to reduce the causes of cholera and typhoid