Coronavirus Strikes Presidential Bodyguards – Report

Nearly 20 soldiers from the Presidential Guard Brigade, including some that were deployed to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s motorcade, reportedly tested positive for coronavirus last month.

The positive cases were detected a few days before the arrival of the President’s visiting Malawian counterpart Lazarus Chakwera.

According to The NewsHawks, soldiers from the 1 Presidential Guard Barracks, which is located next to State House along the Josiah Chinamano Avenue in Harare, last month tested positive for the coronavirus.

This prompted their commanders to deploy security personnel from 2 Presidential Guard Barracks in Dzivaresekwa. The NewsHawks reported a source from the Health ministry saying:

Some officers who form part of the team, including the dreaded rifle-wielding soldiers in the Land Cruisers, tested positive. This posed a big risk to everyone on the motorcade. To deal with the situation, 2PG (2 Presidential Guard) had to provide security.

Coronavirus cases have reportedly been detected at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe School of Intelligence in Msasa Park, Harare, where over 50 security service personnel tested positive.

More: The NewsHawks

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