No Public Gatherings To Celebrate Zimbabwe’s 41st Independence Anniversary.
President Mnangagwa said there will be no public gatherings in celebrating the country’s 41st Independence anniversary on 18 April and this comes as an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19
Zimbabwe is reported to have registered a rise in infections, with 11 deaths and 236 cases in the last week, the highest such figures in six weeks.
In an interview at State House in Harare yesterday, President Mnangagwa said;
“Whereas I would love to see our population reveling day and night celebrating this freedom, this independence which gives our people dignity and self-determination, but because of the Covid-19 conditions I appeal to our people to restrain from massive gatherings. Let them observe the measures we have put in place.
“The WHO protocols must be observed. For instance, just now as a result of this Easter that has passed again, there is a spike in cases. I would not encourage our people to assemble in huge groups, let us take these measures and preserve the lives of ourselves, our beloved ones, and everyone’s life.
It is important. Enjoying ourselves will always be there when the time is correct when the time is suitable for us to do so.”
According to the Sunday News, President Mnangagwa urged Zimbabweans not to throw caution away during Independence day commemorations.
He appealed to the nation to always uphold the measures put in place by the Government and the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 protocols as the nation is not yet out of the woods.
Last year, President Mnangagwa banned the Independence Day celebrations that were earmarked for Bulawayo on the 18th of April. This was just a month after Zimbabwe had recorded its first case of Covid-19. The Independence Day celebrations were cancelled to avert the spread of coronavirus.
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