Exiled former Zimbabwe’s cabinet Minister Patrick Zhuwao has urged President Emmerson Mnangagwa to ban all public gatherings in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
His remarks come when Zimbabwe is heading into Easter and Independence Holidays which are usually characterised by huge gatherings around the country. He said:
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I call on Emmerson Mnangagwa to cancel the state’s public gatherings as part of social distancing measures to mitigate the potential effects of the Coronavirus pandemic…
Public gatherings are factories for manufacturing and multiplying of Coronavirus. If you go to a public gathering such as football match, you go there as a spectator and you risk coming out as a multiplier and spreader.
Given Mnangagwa’s previous Gukurahundi involvement in that region, Mnangagwa risks being accused of engineering another genocide.
Zhuwao who is also the nephew of the late former President Mugabe said that it was prudent for Independence celebrations to be cancelled as CAF cancelled Africa Cup of Nations qualifier matches.
This year’s Independence celebrations are scheduled to be held at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.
There are no officially confirmed cases of coronavirus in Zimbabwe yet but fears abound as confirmed cases in neighbouring South Africa have ballooned in the recent past.
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