Zimbabweans on social media are reacting to news that government has set up an emergency crowdfund to solicit support in the fight against the prevailing cholera epidemic.
The newly appointed finance minister, Mthuli Ncube took to Twitter with the news, asking his followers to support the fund through donations.
‘‘Together with my colleagues at Min of Health, we have set up an auditable emergency crowdfund to further efforts to fight cholera to date. Together we can win!’‘ read part of the tweet.
Together with my colleagues at Min of Health, we have set up an auditable emergency crowdfund to further efforts to fight cholera to date. Together we can win! Min Of Finance Cholera Crowd Fund:
EcoCash Biller Code 140286; CBZ Treasury, ACC 21537300017, Selous REF: FIGHT CHOLERA
— Prof. Mthuli Ncube (@MthuliNcube) 13 September 2018
The waterborne disease was first detected last week in a township outside the capital, Harare, and is now spreading rapidly in the city, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned.
The decision to crowdfund has been met with a mixed response on Twitter:
Three days in his new job our finance minister wants to crowdfund for a national disaster but just yesterday car dealers where exhibiting cars at parliament. The money to buy cars for ministers and MPs is available but the govt needs donations for a cholera outbreak 🤷🏾♀️
— Queen of Skies (@thandimuringa) 13 September 2018
Politics aside Zimbos @MthuliNcube call to crowdfund for Cholera outbreak is a good initiative…we r faced w this tugether it’s not time to oppose…it’s funny u donate GoFundMe n don’t crowdfund yet everyone’s life z at risk…it’s time for humanitarian approach over politics
— Bruce Zvandasara (@tozvitaura) 14 September 2018
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