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Mukondiwa Pays Tribute To Chigubhu, Bemoans Sorry State Of Cancer Treatment In Zimbabwe

Mukondiwa Pays Tribute To Chigubhu, Bemoans Sorry State Of Cancer Treatment In Zimbabwe

Zimpapers Television Network (ZTN) journalist Robert Mukondiwa has bemoaned the sorry state of cancer treatment in Zimbabwe following the death of stand-up comedian Clive Chigubhu from the disease.

Chigubhu passed away on Wednesday, 27 April around 5 AM after he was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL), a type of cancer.

DLBCL is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), a cancer of the lymphatic system.

Mukondiwa also lost his mother to the disease after she failed to get treatment at local hospitals.

In a post on his Facebook page, Mukondiwa said Chigubhu, just like thousands of dead Zimbabweans, died nowhere near a radiotherapy machine. He wrote:

It begins with a C. It isn’t Clive or Chigubu. It’s cancer. That he was in pain and couldn’t get medical attention should never escape our minds.

That he had been booked for an appointment and arrived to see the place closed should be scandalous to ‘normal’ people in ‘normal’ circumstances.

Early detection where no interventions exist doesn’t save lives, it is a death sentence.

That he fell ill and could only see the ENT (ear, nose and throat specialist) on a Friday because they are available one day a week should anger you….but it doesn’t. Because death by cancer is not a priority.

Medical equipment to give cancer patients a fighting chance is not important, is it?

Clive has just made his final joke and it’s that our health system (system indeed) is itself a joke. But nobody is laughing.

His death won’t move anyone into action. He’s not a priority. He’s just another young Zimbabwean whose life has been cut short by cancer.

He has ceased to be Clive and become a statistic. Another brick in the wall.

I’d planned to see him on Thursday. To me, he was not just another Zimbabwean comedian. He was the best in the business by a country mile.

Now he has dropped the mic in the cruellest fashion and his most sadistic joke. He leaves a 5-year-old girl confused about being fatherless.

Now it is a funeral that I’ll have to attend. And like thousands of dead Zimbabweans he died nowhere near a radiotherapy machine.

An accident of geography found him being born in our piece of the world and like millions dead from cancer before him, we let him down. Clive; forgive us!

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Mhazi of Silobela 9 months ago

Hopewell was demonized for stating that the state of cancer treatment was in the the morgue, this is a classic case - Nick learn to shut up to avoid exposing yourself as the village **** that u are

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manuscript 9 months ago

Indaba ezibuhlungu lezi . Health care system engelancedo. Rest In Peace bhudi

Thanos 9 months ago


Nothing is working properly in this country.Health, Education,Money, Transport,Housing everything is just a mess.Youth drinking Tumbwa and dying,even to find a proper wife in this country its a problem, all we see a slay queens looking for money.

boy 9 months ago

if you have money to buy tumbwa its a good responsible worth to emulate
iam reliably informed that youth are using diapers and pads to get high
they boil th diapers take that gell liquid and drink

daddy hope 9 months ago

when i say about no themocherapy machine u say iam being unpatriotic
let the reality of matter expose this rotten dystem

all hope lost 9 months ago

yaaah this is sad
Rest in peace Champ..
and to everyone who has lost a loved one to cancer,,find comfort in the Lord.

James Le Frost 9 months ago

We've lost yet another young life due to this nation's poor healthcare delivery system which is in a very sorry state.


Lawrence Van Wyk 9 months ago

So sad

King B 9 months ago

I would like to say RIP to Clive Chigubu Artist are struggling these ppl variku ngwava economy is bad and the health system but as BULAWAYO we never die we multipy

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