White Zimbabweans refuse school quarantine over poor conditions
By Staff Reporter
TWO returning white Zimbabweans resident in Victoria Falls have refused to be quarantined at a high school in the resort town citing poor conditions.
They are among 37 returning locals who are being taken for compulsory quarantine for Covid-19 at Mosi-oa-Tunya High School.
Some of the returnees were those deported from neighbouring countries.
However, the white citizens were forced by Matabeleland North provincial authorities to undergo quarantine together with the rest.
This is in line with government policy for returning citizens to be quarantined for periods of between 14 and 21 days.
Labour and Social Welfare deputy minister Lovemore Matuke is set to visit the centre to assess the state of the facility as more Zimbabweans are expected back into the country in the coming days.
Authorities say the school is set to take in 100 people.
The school is a quarantine facility for citizens returning home through Victoria Falls, Kazungula and Pandamatenga border posts.
The refusal by the white Zimbabweans to be accommodated at the facility also follows last week’s demands for hotel accommodation by 65 locals who flew into the country from the UK and were taken to Belvedere Teachers College.
Addressing the 65 returnees, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Paul Mavima said all Zimbabweans shall be treated equally during government’s attempts to minimise Covid-19 transmission among citizens.