The ruling ZANU PF party has been rocked by the coronavirus after two senior party officials tested positive on Sunday.
More coronavirus cases among the party’s top brass and employees at the ZANU PF national headquarters in Harare are a possibility as results of mass tests done recently continue to pour in.
ZANU PF secretary for administration Obert Mpofu and the party’s director for Information Tafadzwa Mugwadi are now in isolation at home together with affected members of their respective families after they tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.
The party’s secretary for Health David Parirenyatwa on Monday told NewsDay in an interview that they have put measures in place to curb the further spread of the deadly virus at the party headquarters. Said Parirenyatwa:
What we did last time was to screen people and the results are coming in batches and all those who have been found to be positive have been asked to go into self-isolation and to come back after the prescribed date.
When we started the COVID-19 tests as a party, the first batch had five cases but that was about two months ago.
So we are now going symptomatically and we check on anyone who would have developed the symptoms.
The first time, we did a mass test but now we are following the national policy and that is what we are doing.
In a related development, a senior ZANU PF official and Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs minister Mary Mliswa-Chikoka had been battling COVID-19 in self-isolation.
This was revealed over the weekend by Mliswa-Chikoka’s brother, Independent Norton Member of Parliament Temba Mliswa said she was now well after receiving treatment in Harare.