By Mary Taruvinga
THE Harare City Council has launched a probe into journalist Zororo Makamba’s death on Monday at Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital from coronavirus.
Harare Mayor Herbert Gomba has also made a commitment to meet the bereaved Makamba family to hear their concerns following the death of the family member.
The hospital is run by the local authority, but has been identified by government as one of the two hospitals to treat coronavirus patients in the country. The other one is Thorngrove Hospital in Bulawayo.
The late Makamba is son to prominent businessman and former Zanu PF politician, James Makamba.
The family is blaming hospital authorities for allegedly neglecting Zororo when he was admitted leading to his death and becoming the first Zimbabwean to die of the virus.
“Harare City Council is instituting investigations into what happened at Wilkins Hospital when the late Mr Zororo Makamba was admitted. The investigation follows comments by the Makamba family over allegations of impropriety in the manner the patient was handled,” a statement issued by the council Thursday reads.
Council also confirmed that Gomba would meet the Makamba family.
“His Worship Harare Mayor Councillor Herbert Gomba has undertaken to meet the Makamba family to hear them out and address any pertinent issues arising from the events,” says the authority.
“Council takes this opportunity to advise stakeholders that despite Wilkins Hospital being a council facility, during times of crisis and strife like this one – our institution comes under the direct management of government.”