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Mnangagwa and his unwitty double standards

24 Mar 2020 at 18:30hrs | Views
In the wake of a global pandemic outbreak, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa passing a decree banning foreign travels by government officials, barred public gatherings and pledged to invest in the resuscitation of the local healthcare system to cushion the impacts of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. The same leader has done nothing besides exempting himself from following his own directives.

COVID-19 has exposed the inhumane nature of ZANU-PF and the failings of Mnagagwa as a president.

There is no justification for Mnangagwa's travel to Namibia whilst the healthcare system in the country is in shambles and the country is in the brink of facing an outbreak of a deadly virus.

In the wake of a global pandemic, other world leaders are all hands-on deck trying to protect and support their citizens.

Mnagagwa issued a travel ban on government officials amidst the outbreak of COVID-19 and passed a decree to stop mass gatherings as well as shutting down of schools.

This is the same person who is holding rallies and flying outside the country. Maybe these precautionary measures exempt himself and other ZANU-PF officials.

ZANU-PF as an administration has time and again failed to stand by the Zimbabwean people and the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus is proof of this government's short falls.

At a time when other governments are closing borders, the Zimbabwean President is flying out to attend an inauguration ceremony.

Has anything changed in the few days since Mnagagwa announced the closure of schools and tertiary institutions as a precautionary measure to combat the widespread of COVID-19? The only thing which has changed is the increase in the numbers of infections.

Mnagagwa's Vice President, Constantino Chiwenga was airlifted out of the country to seek medical treatment a few weeks ago because the current state of local hospitals is appalling and not good enough for them.

These ZANU-PF leaders are not fazed about what's on the ground; they are not worried about the current state of the healthcare infrastructure in Zimbabwe.

They know they have the money and they can always seek treatment outside the country.

Cases of COVID-19 infection have risen in Zimbabwe and the numbers continue to take an upsurge trajectory. Mnagagwa and his ZANU-PF administration have done nothing to cushion the impacts in the event of an outbreak, which is very much foreseeable.

An outbreak is very much inevitable, and the Zimbabwean populace will be casualties. These ZANU-PF leaders will be living lavishly in their mansions and when they fall ill, they will fly outside the country for treatment.

It is high time that neighbouring countries and other governments bar these ZANU-PF people from entering their borders until they resolve the issues in their own country.

The ZANU-PF government has its priorities misplaced; a head of state cannot be flying outside the country after passing a decree banning outside travel for government officials and when your country is on the brink of experiencing an outbreak of a deadly virus.

The government remains clueless on what steps to take to cushion an outbreak in the country. The healthcare system in Zimbabwe is already on intensive care as these facilities lack basic medical supplies.

The ZANU-PF administration should do away with these double standards; especially at a time like this and come up with ways to revamp an already lean healthcare sector instead of wasting money on flights.

Source - Prince Njagu
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