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Rock Foundation was owned by Munyaradzi Kereke, a former Zanu PF MP currently serving jail time for rape. It shut down in 2014 after the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority garnished the company’s accounts over US$3.3 million in tax arrears.
The hospital then lost all its equipment to a variety of creditors. Among these were Select Healthcare, which had supplied medical equipment worth US$55 999.45 in 2012 but was never paid. Select won an order to reclaim the equipment, leaving the hospital bare.
Significantly, Rock Foundation was said to have also been indebted to CBZ, which won a court order to attach the property in September 2014 over a US$3 million debt. Kudakwashe Tagwirei now reportedly has a significant stake in CBZ.
Sakunda said it will fund the reopening of St Anne’s Hospital in Avondale, and Rock Foundation Medical Centre in Arundel, so that they can be used as coronavirus treatment centres. Sakunda says it hopes to have one of the two hospitals running by next Wednesday (1 April, 2020), “if all processes are done on time”.
The company was forced to release a statement after reports that Rock Foundation was being set aside for wealthy politicians. The reports stoked widespread rage, coming a day after it was revealed how broadcaster Zororo Makamba died of coronavirus on Monday due to neglect and a lack of basic equipment and medication at Wilkins Hospital, the public hospital being used as Harare’s referral centre for the outbreak.
The company said the two hospitals would be used for coronavirus responses only and would be “open to everyone contrary to social media reports that they will be open to government and Zanu PF bigwigs”.