CIO bans ambulances-(22-02-07)



BY ITAI DZAMARA
HARARE
The Zimbabwean has established that government, council and private ambulance service providers refused to attend to the violent scenes that rocked Highfield when police used excessive forc

e to block a Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) rally, on the grounds that it was a political matter and they had received directives from government not to get involved.
It has also emerged that some hospitals and clinics refused to treat victims of the clashes.
MDC spokesman, Nelson Chamisa has confirmed that the party received a cold shoulder from ambulance service providers and had to use private vehicles to ferry the injured to hospitals and clinics. More than 120 people were injured during the police battles.
It has also been established that some council and government health institutions refused to attend to the injured people, confirming information supplied by police sources that an order had been issued from the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) to the ambulance service providers and health institutions not to assist the victims of the clashes.
An official from the Medical Air Rescue Services said in a telephone interview: “We were unable to provide services, that’s all I can say and I can’t supply my name”.
Harare City Council’s acting director of health services, Prosper Chonzi said he was not aware of political directives.

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