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Muchinguri says returnees from SA, Botswana have put Zimbabwe under tremendous pressure

by Staff reporter
30 May 2020 at 10:15hrs | Views
Defence and War Veterans Affairs Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri told Parliament that the recent influx of returnees from South Africa and Botswana have put the country under tremendous pressure.

She said the country is now incapacitated as PPEs and testing kits remain in short supply because of international competition.

Muchinguri-Kashiri told Parliament on Wednesday that authorities were ill-prepared to deal with returning residents and deportees.

She also told Parliament that there had been a recent influx of returnees from South Africa and Botswana.

"That has put us under tremendous pressure and we have found ourselves incapacitated.

"Within the next week we are expecting 3 000 more returnees from various countries … We are also falling short in terms of PPEs and testing kits which remain a concern to us because of international competition," she said.

This came as police said 118 returnees had fled quarantine centres, with some of the facilities condemned by both returnees and rights groups for being inhabitable.

Source - dailynews