ZANU PF STATEMENT ENDORSING THE TIGHTENING OF LOCK-DOWN MEASURES
ZANUPF endorses the fresh directive declared by His Excellency the President, Cde ED Mnangagwa to tighten the lock down measures as a direct response to the spiking positive cases of Covid19 and the rising cases of deaths. The Party fundamentally takes pride in the President’s wisdom and the expertise of our health personnel, whose efforts in handling the cases thus far has been priceless despite efforts to weaponise them into unnecessary job actions in this critical time.
The measures pronounced by the President and Commander In-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces which have taken effect this morning are the most relevant and accurate given the nature of the pandemic which we and the world are battling to contain. Indeed, the first round of lock down measures reduced the spread of the disease effectively, a situation that saw our cases averaging between 13 and 25, with the number of deaths having remained standstill at 4 until early June.
The President had already hinted that the winter was poised to be a difficult period for the nation in as far as this pandemic is concerned, given that it has been scientifically proven to be very vicious in cold environments. The President, following advice from health experts and in response to the plight of our people, most of whom are in the informal sector had however, loosened the Lock down measures to level 2. This was meant to allow our people to engage in some of those informal as well as formal activities to provide for their families albeit on condition that social distancing, wearing of face masks and sanitizing were still being observed. However, it must be understood that some elements in our society began to abuse these relaxations which resulted in the sudden spiking of positive cases. Although the bulk of the cases were among the returnees from Asia, Europe, America and surrounding African countries, the increase in locally transmitted cases had also become a serious issue of concern.
ZANU PF therefore applauds, the President and our government, for this noble and informed decision of tightening lockdown regulations. We implore Zimbabweans to desist from being deliberately and readily available to be misled by merchants of propaganda, fake news peddlers and sworn enemies of the state who have suddenly gone into an overdrive to disinform and misinform our people by insinuating that we have a military curfew. We do not have a military curfew, but a lock down curfew on top of other measures which the President has declared. Those who violate those regulations will have themselves to blame. Members of the Party must help educate communities on what these new measures entail without violating them as well because no one is above the law.
Despite our economic challenges, we pride in the world as one of the most educated and literate nation owing to our robust education system. We therefore take this opportunity to challenge Zimbabweans to read, discern and apply their mind before they quickly endorse fake news as facts. Fighting covid19 is a generational task, that our young people, the elderly, health workers, students, media, politicians, artists, diasporas, business and all sober minded Zimbabweans must rally society to battle so that we can emerge victorious as a nation together, united under President Mnangagwa.
ZANU PF reminds the nation that this is not the first virus or pandemic to confront the world and leave a trail of devastating effects economically and socially. Between 1918 and 1919, the world was confronted by a deadly Spanish influenza that killed over 50million globally. The most affected nation was USA, as is the case with Covid19 currently. Those who took the correct measures won the war against the pandemic with lesser fatalities. Leaders were called names but later on when the battle against the Spanish flue was won, they were hailed.
ZANU PF hereby hails President ED Mnangagwa and Government for the bold decision, conscious of the fact that naysayers and prophets of doom will always seek to undermine this stance taken by our leadership to protect the people of Zimbabwe from this pandemic. They will call the President and all of us, all sorts of names but let it be made clear at this juncture, that no amount of noisemaking will break the resolve and boldness of President ED Mnangagwa and his entire leadership.
ZANU PF is alert to the fact that when this pandemic knocked on our doors, our detractors earmarked us to succumb to Covid19 and postulated wrongly that this pandemic was going to leave a trail of un-buried corpses rotting in the streets. They were so confident because of the manner in which the same detractors have incapacitated our health system through illegal sanctions. However, our leadership has steered us thus far and rendered those false prophecies and devil’s wishes unfulfillable.
ZANU PF is alive to the fact that some of these detractors through their embassies had already started to incite their proxies and stooges in the evil society to engage in a demonstration and violate the already existing regulations so that our cases could become unbearable.
As ZANU PF, we speak a bold NO! We will not stand and fold our hands watching, while hostile forces organise to put our people at risk. NO! ZANU PF fought for everyone so that we live peacefully and co-exist. Even as we differ on the developmental discourse, ZANU PF will never allow our people to be manipulated by neo-colonial elements in our midst, to engage in dangerous unbridled political theatrics and risk spreading or contracting covid19. NO!! Its high time those planning violence know that this country has authorities and there is no vacuum nor vacancy at any level of those authorities from the lowest level of authority to the Presidency. Let that be known unambiguously.
F, we speak a bold NO! We will not stand and fold our hands watching, while hostile forces organise to put our people at risk. NO! ZANU PF fought for everyone so that we live peacefully and co-exist. Even as we differ on the developmental discourse, ZANU PF will never allow our people to be manipulated by neo-colonial elements in our midst, to engage in dangerous unbridled political theatrics and risk spreading or contracting covid19. NO!!
Its high time those planning violence know that this country has authorities and there is no vacuum nor vacancy at any level of those authorities from the lowest level of authority to the Presidency.
Let that be known unambiguously.