The ruling ZANU PF party has directed all its employees to report for duty on Monday, 8 February 2021 in spite of the current lockdown regulations.
In a circular addressed to all provincial chairpersons (Circular 2/2021), the party’s director-general D. Dzora said all party staff members should come to work in spite of the extension of the national lockdown by a further two weeks. He wrote:
This letter serves to inform you that all Party staff members are being required to report for duty on Monday 8th of February 2021 at 0800 hours as usual.
We are quite aware that lockdown has been extended for further two weeks.
Meanwhile, in a tweet in which she tagged the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), MDC Alliance national spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere queried why ZANU PF is not bound by the lockdown regulations when it is not an essential service.
Mahere challenged the police to put an end to ZANU PF impunity. Said Mahere:
Is Zanu PF an essential service?… Why is Zanu PF not bound by the lockdown regulations?… Why do you ignore their continued breaches? Are you captured?… This impunity must end.
Under Level IV lockdown, extended to 15 February 2021, only organisations classified under essential services are allowed to operate.
These include security organs, fuel service stations, the media, supermarkets, pharmacies, healthcare facilities, farmers, and miners among others.