Deposed outspoken Ntabazinduna traditional leader Chief Felix Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni has slammed the government for its “failure” to prepare adequately to deal with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Chief Ndiweni asserted that the government had over a month-and-a-half preparation time but squandered the window of opportunity. He said:
Every government engages in what is called civil contingencies, these are things that any government should do to plan for any eventuality say in case of contagion, pandemic, an accident, train overturns or spillage of chemicals.
Now when you are to deal with civil contingencies you are planning and putting things together. For us Zimbabweans, it’s clear we had over a month-and-a-half preparation time, but on the ground, we are seeing nothing.
We are seeing our government trying to put last-minute plans.
Chief Ndiweni lamented the government’s lethargy and nonchalance, saying it would only be by the grace of God that Zimbabweans will survive.
The controversial ousted chief condemned the government for firing doctors and nurses several months ago, who are now on the frontline in fighting the deadly virus.