President Emmerson Mnangagwa chose to launch the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign and to get his first jab in Victoria Falls because the city is Zimbabwe’s most popular tourist destination.
The President said it was important for Victoria Falls to achieve herd immunity to assure tourists visiting the resort town that the entire population would be vaccinated.
President Mnangagwa was speaking during an interview at the State House in Harare on Saturday. He said:
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We chose Victoria Falls because we felt that Victoria Falls is our tourist destination totally important to Zimbabwe and it is necessary that we achieved herd immunity there.
So I avoided getting vaccinated when the first consignment came and I had my Vice-President take it because the plans were that I should do it in Victoria Falls to demonstrate to the people of Victoria Falls to come forward and be vaccinated and achieve herd immunity so that tourists coming to Victoria Falls know that the entire population of 50 000 people will be vaccinated and when I informed my colleagues, the principals of political parties, they accepted to come.
President Mnangagwa also commended MDC-T president Douglas Mwonzora and the leaders of other small political parties who received their jabs in Victoria Falls. He added:
That was the most beautiful thing, this is what should happen on a daily basis. I had leaders from the political parties who agreed to accompany me to Victoria Falls.
So when I was there people were gathered and I said I know as you are gathered there not all of you support Zanu-PF. Here are leaders of political parties. If your leader is not here it’s not my fault.
I think that people appreciated it because as the vaccination teams were going round there was no discrimination in terms of political affiliation and I said the virus has no political affiliation.