Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa yesterday told a group of visiting medical students from across the world that the forthcoming harmonized elections will be free, fair and credible, saying the political environment obtaining in the country is now accommodative and open unlike in the past.
Officiating at the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA) African Regional Meeting, Parirenyatwa hailed Zimbabweans for exhibiting maturity which he said has set the country on a very positive footing.
“When you come to a country like Zimbabwe, the political situation is now very accommodative and open, extremely hopeful and positive. You have come at the right time,
“It is important that you feel the pulse of the politics that is happening here, it’s good politics and positive. We are going towards an election end of July and we believe that the outcome will be very free, fair and credible and completely non-violent,
“We think that the people have matured and the discussions are very active, there are many Presidential candidates, I will not tell you whom I know will win, I will not say so here, ” he said.
Speaking at the same event, University of Zimbabwe Pro Vice Chancellor, Pedzisayi Mashiri said its a privilege for Zimbabwe to be hosting students from all over the world.
“It is an honor for us to collaborate with highly esteemed university students from all over the world, this conference promotes mobility and student exchange across the global village.
“We recognize the fact that medical students took it upon themselves to organize this conference without the help of the dean or faculty members,
“It gives the University pride that the future of the medical school is in good hands, our young people have proven that they are able to represent the profession in such a manner. The students are now taking charge of the medical field and healthcare, not only in Zimbabwe but beyond,” said Mashiri.
The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) was founded in 1951 as an organization of medical students, for medical students and by medical students. For more than 60 years, the Federation has not only been a dynamic platform of opportunities for the future physicians but has also served as their voice at the international level.