President Emmerson Mnangagwa pulled a shocker and pledged to donate USD$1 Million to the Global Fund during a Global Fund replenishment event held in France on Thursday.
The money is for fighting against, TB and Malaria.
In a statement on Thursday Finance and Economic development Minister Mthuli Ncube said, “His Excellency President ED Mnangagwa giving his speech at the Global Fund replenishment event in Lyon France. He acknowledged the critical role of the Global Fund in Zimbabwe’s flight against HIV, TB and Malaria. He pledged US$1 million towards the Global Fund.”
Meanwhile, striking Zimbabwean doctors defied a government ultimatum to return to work on Monday, after rejecting a 60% pay rise offer they say is not enough to keep up with soaring prices of basic goods.
The southern African nation’s economy is grappling with its worst crisis in a decade, with triple-digit inflation, rolling power cuts and shortages of US dollars, medicines and fuel that have revived memories of the 2008 hyperinflation under late President Robert Mugabe.
The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), the union for junior and middle level doctors in the public sector, on Monday pulled out of the Health Apex Council that represents public health workers in negotiations with the government, saying it no longer served their interests.
The association said the government offer was “ridiculous” as it would take their monthly salaries to around 1,700 Zimbabwe dollars ($111), well below their demand of a 400% salary hike.
More than 100 of its members marched at the main Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare on Monday demanding higher pay and vowing not to return to work.