CONTROVERSIAL Bikita West legislator Munyaradzi Kereke's empire is skating on thin ice with his flagship
The problems compound a crisis already facing the medical facility, which was recently slapped with a garnishee order by the
The Deputy Sheriff last month attached property, including two ambulances, an X-ray scanner, 20 hospital beds, two X-ray printers, a desktop computer, a scanner, a laptop computer, two sets of sofas and 15 office chairs from RMC after Kereke failed to settle the
The taxes include Pay As You Earn and income and withholding taxes that were allegedly not being remitted to the tax collector. The main hospital unit of RMC, located at
"Things are not looking good at all here. The number of patients visiting the medical centre has sharply declined because there is no good equipment anymore. Here at the main hospital, we used to attend to over 80 clients per day but now we are receiving roughly an average of 20, that is on better days but it could be much lower than that," said an employee who could not be named for fear of victimisation.
"The radiology section, which was our cash cow, used to have 60 patients per day and now it is down to as low as 10 patients. This is because most of their machines are not working and clients are running away," she added. Many of employees at the medical facility had resigned en masse due to nonpayment of salaries. RMC staff filed a
RMC clinical director, whose name was only given as Zhakata, tried to play down the gravity of the situation, saying the hospital was still functioning well.
"We have problems but we are operating, you can come and see for yourself," he said. Kereke's funeral business, Doves, is also going through a lean spell. A few years ago, the businessman's medical aid firm, Green Card, collapsed under the weight of increasing liabilities.
Kereke is also facing a number of legal battles, including a high profile rape case which is pending at the
He contested and won the polls as an independent candidate for Bikita West and attempts by ZANU-PF to chuck him out of the August house hit a snag after the Constitutional court ruled in his favour. He is yet to be warmly embraced back into the fold. - Own Correspondent
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