President Emmerson Mnangagwa has invited MDC-T president Douglas Mwonzora to attend the launch of the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Victoria Falls this Thursday.
Mnangagwa was expected to receive his first jab of the Chinese-developed Sinovac coronavirus vaccine in the resort town.
In a letter addressed to Mwonzora in his capacity as MDC-T president and dated 23 March 2021, Secretary for Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Virginia Mabiza revealed that the government had already arranged transport and other logistics for Mwonzora and the other leaders of minor opposition parties. The letter read in part:
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His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Cde. Dr E.D. Mnangagwa hereby invites you to attend the launch of the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Victoria Falls on the 24th of March, 2021.
Please take note that for travel and logistical arrangements contact the office of the Secretary for Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs on (0242) 7746207/774589-94/ 0777800636.
On Sunday night Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who was Acting President in Mnangagwa’s absence, announced that members of the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) will receive their first Sinovac jabs in Victoria Falls today.
Meanwhile, Mwonzora has already received his first and second jabs of the Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine at Harare City Council’s Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital.
In a tweet, Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba said Mwonzora travelled for the Victoria Falls event in solidarity with other opposition leaders since he has already been vaccinated. Said Charamba:
Advocate Mwonzora, leader of the largest opposition in Parliament alighting from the plane en route to Victoria Falls Hospital where the President and leaders of political parties are set to receive their first vaccination jab.