The opposition MDC Alliance has said the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa betrays the ruling party’s use of COVID-19 to contain a possible uprising.
MDC Alliance deputy spokesperson Clifford Hlatywayo on Wednesday told NewsDay that Mnangagwa was politicising the pandemic. He said:
The measures announced by Mnangagwa are political, especially the curfew part. We don’t support political leaders who abuse the COVID-19 pandemic to pursue their political agenda.
You must not abuse the poor to gain what you want politically and wanting to politicise COVID-19.
Why is he quiet on COVID-19 funds and equipment looting if he is sincere?
This is a strategy used by political cowards to survive, but the people know all that now.
In announcing more restrictions in a televised address on Tuesday, Mnangagwa said the new measures were meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The Thiokozani Khupe-led MDC-T has applauded Mnangagwa for ‘showing leadership’ in addressing the COVID-19 crisis. Party deputy spokesperson Khalipani Phugeni said:
The whole point, we are told, is to address the COVID-19 threat so whatever it takes, as long as it will help to address that, then it is fine, but it will be sad if it turns out to be what it is not.