Media lobby sues govt over inadequate information on Covid-19
By Staff Reporter
MEDIA rights lobby, MISA Zimbabwe has approached the High Court seeking to compel Zimbabwean authorities to provide detailed information on the real impact of Covid-19 in the country.
This comes amid growing scepticism among locals the country’s reported coronavirus cases were not an accurate account of the real situation on the ground.
In a chamber application filed by the group Thursday, Misa-Zimbabwe wants government to “publish and disseminate with immediate effect information on the private and public testing and treatment centres at national, provincial and district hospitals allocated for dealing with COVID -19 cases”.
The application was filed through lawyer Rudo Magundani.
In its application, Misa Zimbabwe also wants the courts to compel government to publish and distribute information on “all available platforms and in all local languages.”
Cited as respondents are Health and Information Ministers Obadiah Moyo and Monica Mutsvangwa.
The media group also wants authorities to also “disseminate, with immediate effect, comprehensive and adequate information regarding the available and sufficiency of resources set aside to combat the Covid-19 virus including the available and required equipment and medical personnel”.
MISA Zimbabwe says the matter is extremely urgent because the country is facing a pandemic and the number of confirmed cases are gradually increasing.
“The threat is current, ongoing and is real. As has already been shown in Zimbabwe and around the world, the virus is fatal and can be devastating.
“The matter concerns enforcement of a fundamental right provided for in the constitution. That the right looms large in the current pandemic is self-evident. Without adequate information it will be nearly impossible to fight this pandemic,” reads part of the application.
“Information can and will help save lives. Information is vital to people when enforcing the lockdown through identification of hot zones. It is also critical in fundraising for resources in the event that the respondents are ill equipped to fight this pandemic.”