THERE seem to be discord around the Cholera crowdfund initiative amidst indications that the ministry of health and child care (MoHCC) has professed ignorance over the existence of such an initiative, describing it as a fraudulent scheme.
By Michael Gwarisa
The ministry of health says they were not aware of any crowdfund and they were not running any at moment and whoever is claiming to have partnered with them is a fraudster.
The developments come despite the fact that the crowd fund CBZ account and the Ecocash biller code being used by the alleged fraudster is similar to the one which was shared by a twitter account believed to belong to the new finance minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube
In the Twitter post, minister Ncube said, “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.”
However, in a sudden turn of events, the ministry of health has come out guns blazing against the announcement of a Cholera crwodfund saying it was non-existent, fraudulent and meant to derail the cholera fighting efforts.
The ministry of health Public Relations officer, Mr Donald Mujiri through a statement said the ministry was not aware of any crowdfund and they have not set up any to that regard.
“Please take note that there are false claims on the social media which are fraudulent stating that the Ministry of Health and Child Care has set up an emergency crowdfund to further fight cholera outbreak. Be informed and advised that any fund going towards Cholera outbreak is officially communicated through the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Child Care Retired Major General (Dr) Gwinji and Public Relations Department.
“The Fraudster is directing funds to Ecocash Biller Code 1402286 or CBZ Treasury. Acc 21537300017.For any Donations towards the cholera fight get in touch with our Public Relations Manager Mr Mujiri on 0712867337/0772945 032. Be Advised Accordingly!!”
However, the CBZ bank public relations manager, Mr Joel Gombera directed this publication to seek the comment from the ministries of finance and that of health since they had made the public announcements in the first place.
Efforts to get comments from finance minister Prof Mthuli Ncube and the Ecocash director Nathali Jabangwe, were fruitless as they did not respond to our questions by the time of going online.