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Mnangagwa throws Muchinguri under the bus

by Staff reporter
17 Mar 2020 at 13:12hrs | Views
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday threw his Defence minister - Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri - under the bus when he rebuked her for claiming that the deadly coronavirus which has wreaked havoc across the globe is God's punishment on western nations that have imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe.

Muchinguri-Kashiri, who is the Zanu-PF chairperson and one of the most powerful figures in Mnangagwa's administration, torched a global storm when she told war veterans at a meeting in Chinhoyi over the weekend that Zimbabwe is taking solace that western countries are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus outbreak.

This is despite the fact that as of now, dozens of African nations have confirmed cases of coronavirus, a deadly disease that has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation.

Apart from the fact that coronavirus is just a few kilometres from the Zimbabwean border after at least 62 positive cases have been confirmed in South Africa — the supposedly erudite Muchinguri-Kashiri failed to appreciate that the flue-like disease originated from a province in China, a country which the Zanu-PF government boasts of as an all-weather friend.

Muchinguri-Kashiri's wild claims prompted Mnangagwa to issue one of the strongest and prompt rebukes of his Cabinet ministers who have performed dismally when it comes to service delivery and turning around the country's economic fortunes.

"Pandemics of this kind have a scientific explanation and know no boundary, and like any other natural phenomenon, cannot be blamed on anyone … We have all witnessed the tragic scenes in China, Iran, Italy and other countries around the world. We stand with our friends in the international community. My government emphathises with the affected people around the globe and stands ready to assist in whatever ways within our capacity," said Mnangagwa.

The government, which is expected to ban public gatherings as well as consider a possible closure of borders today, added that Zimbabwe stands arm-in-arm with the global family during this dark period.

"As a nation, we must stand strong. Strong and united. Strong and vigilant. We must act early and we must act sensibly," said Mnangagwa.

Mnangagwa's sober statement is in stark contrast to the speech that was made by Muchinguri-Kashiri that was captured by the international media, making Zimbabwe the butt of jokes and ridicule.

Muchinguri-Kashiri  primitively said: "This coronavirus that has come are sanctions against the countries that have imposed sanctions on us. God is now punishing them now and they are staying indoors now, while their economy is screaming like what they did to ours by imposing sanctions on us. Trump should know that he is not God. They must face the consequences of coronavirus, so that they also feel the pain."

Source - dailynews