In a post-cabinet briefing today, Infomation Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the planned protests were ill-timed and even is she did not explicitly call on those planning the protests to stop the protests she called on what she called public figures and political players to act responsibly as she said the government is not ready to deal with COVID-19 heightened cases.
On 1 July, Zimbabwe recorded 14 new cases, on the 4th the number shot to 73 new cases, and yesterday our numbers jumped to 98. It is in view of this heightened increment in infection cases that I urge the public to continue to adhere to the lockdown regulations and practice preventatives and protective behavior. Government is urging each and one of us against complacency.
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In the same vein, we want to emphasize that the Second Republic embraces democratic principles and is the midst of far reaching reforms which deepen and widen the democratic space. Zimbabweans, we are in the midst of an existential threat. Any political posturing is not helpful. We therefore call upon public figures and political players to act responsibly with the safety of Zimbabweans in mind
This country cannot afford adventurism in the midst of this threat to our very existence. Indeed in the face of COVID19, Government continues to do its best to mitigate the impact of this pandemic. We continue to review and update our COVID19 Response and Action Plan in line with prevailing conditions in the country and new information coming from the World Health Organization.
The 31 July planned protests have however gathered momentum as more public figures and political players endorse the protests.
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