Nelson Chamisa, a leader in the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party has said that it is necessary for authorities to find a way to simultaneously address both hunger and the coronavirus pandemic.
He was commenting on a tweet by Heal Zimbabwe which suggested that a food aid distribution meeting that was held at Jerera growth point in Zaka by the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare (@) could have exposed people to coronavirus as it did not observe social distancing, neither were there sanitizers during for attendees.
Responding, Chamisa said:
Zimbabwe is fighting two pandemics, the COVID19 pandemic and the poverty/hunger pandemic. Hunger is as lethal a threat as COVID19. Effective leadership is certainly key & necessary to address the threat we face. We must empower citizens with enough information to fight the virus!
“Hunger-stricken” Zimbabweans continue to gather in numbers at shopping centres where they will be in search of food, particularly mealie-meal, in violation of the lockdown regulations which confine them to their homes.
Meanwhile, coronavirus cases continue to rise in the country.
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