Covid-19: Govt panics, urges ‘force’ among traditional leaders
By Zimstar News reporter
With signs of panic written all over, government has urged traditional leaders to be more aggressive in enforcing the country’s Covid-19 prevention measures amid a fierce surge in the pandemic in recent weeks.
Government recently decreed a set of rules to be observed in the wake of the third wave which has propelled the country’s confirmed cases to 54 474, coupled with 1 878 associated deaths since outbreak March last year.
Among these is the ban on all gatherings except for funerals which should not however exceed 30 mourners.
At a post-cabinet media briefing Tuesday, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said government has activated stricter measures to try and contain the rampaging disease.
“Funerals have become major spreaders within the Provinces, the Environmental Health Workers and Police are upping their game in the enforcement of the mandatory numbers.
“While Village Health Workers are playing their part in educating villagers, we implore traditional leaders to be more visible and forceful in the enforcement of lockdown regulations,” said minister Mutsvangwa.
Rural areas have been some of the areas in which citizens have been reluctant to observe the regulations.
However, the dreaded disease has engulfed the entire countries with some of the remote areas turning Covid-19 hotspots.
The roping in of traditional leaders in Covid-19 enforcement measures could be a first in the country’s efforts to tame the highly infectious disease.
Traditional leaders have mostly featured in the country’s political discourse with the opposition often accusing them of being used by the ruling Zanu PF to intimidate their subjects into supporting the ruling party.